Exclusive - Minister won't rule out insurance levy

The insurance industry may be asked to provide additional funding forthe UK's flood defences after floods minister Elliott Morley refused torule out the move.

Mr Morley was launching a series of wholesale changes to the organisationand funding of the UK's flood and coastal defence works. One key issueraised was the future levying of charges on developers who build onfloodplains to help fund the improvements - a scheme which might come intoforce as soon as 2005.

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