I wish to present a petition relating to the Grand Union canal, which runs through Linslade and the town of Leighton Buzzard in my constituency. It has been signed by many of my constituents and others who currently enjoy the canal network in that part of the country.
The petition states:
To the House of Commons,
The Petition of the constituents of South West Bedfordshire and other users of Britain's inland waterways,
Declares that our inland waterways are a unique national asset that provide an important contribution to the quality of life for millions of our citizens. We therefore are deeply concerned that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has seen fit to reduce British Waterways' grant by some £60 million over the next 5 years and that of the Environment Agency by £25 million in this financial year. We believe that these cuts will have a devastating effect on the well-being of inland waterways.
The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons call upon the Government to introduce legislation to solve the immediate problems caused by these cuts to current budgets and to ensure that long-term funding is guaranteed to enable continued investment and restoration of the waterways.
To lie upon the Table.