MP Mike Foster ,who is chairman of the All Parliamentary Committee on Flooding, has called on the Association of British Insurers (ABI) to extend its flood moratorium.

There is currently a two-year moratorium imposed by the ABI, which will end on 31 December this year.

In a debate in the House of Commons on Tuesday, Foster said he hoped flood minister Elliot Morley would put pressure on the ABI to extend the moratorium.

He said the £150m increase in spending on flood defences, announced in the Chancellor's three-year comprehensive spending review, showed that the government was listening to the ABI.

The ABI said it imposed the moratorium to give the government reasonable time to make commitments. A spokesman said the ABI needed to consider the progress, before considering any review of the situation. "There is more work to be done on flood defence streamlining," he said.

"We need to see arrangements set in place and systems set up. We don't want money in isolation."