The Environment Department had also said spending was at record levels. Rogerson said the discrepancy was regretted but add it was "minor" and caused by the complexity of flood funding. But environmental campaigners said ministers had misled parliament and the public by claiming the Government was spending more on flood defences.
David Cameron told the Commons earlier this month: "In this current four-year period we are spending £2.3bn, compared with £2.1bn in the previous period." It was later revealed those figures had been miscalculated.
The government's flood defence spending figures include not only its own contribution but "partnership" contributions it hopes to attract from councils.
Friends of the Earth climate campaigner Guy Shrubsole said: "Owen Paterson's own department has now been forced to admit it has cut flood defence spending, despite claims to the contrary by the beleaguered environment secretary. On the basis of these figures it appears both Mr Paterson and the prime minister have misled parliament and the public."...