Statistics watchdog: 'Flood defence spending cut by £247m'

The head of the UK's statistics watchdog has contradicted the Government's claim on record levels of spending on flood defences and called for official figures to be published "in the public interest", the Guardian reports.

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PM insists investment in flood defences has increased

Prime Minister David Cameron insisted that investment in flood defences has increased during his parliament.

The Prime Minister insisted that spending on flood defences had went up. Credit: ITV News

In a heated exchange during which the Prime Minister was accused by Labour leader Ed Miliband of using "phony" figures, he said:

"We have set out spending figures, all the way to 2020, not all of which are fully committed, which are major investments in flood defences. As I said two weeks ago, as the waters reside, and as we review what happened, we can review and see what new measures we can take.

"Let me repeat, that in this four year period, and indeed in this parliament, overall spending on flood defences has went up."

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