Inland Waterways: Finance

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Paul Rowen Paul Rowen Shadow Minister, Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

(1) what recent representations he has received on reductions in British Waterways' grant and its likely effects on the canal system;

(2) what (a) meetings and (b) discussions he has had with British Waterways and the effect on its budget of the reduction in planned maintenance of canals.

Photo of Barry Gardiner Barry Gardiner Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Biodiversity, Landscape and Rural Affairs)

The Government have received representations from British Waterways as well as a wide range of hon. Members and key stakeholders following reductions in British Waterways' grant. The representations have taken the form of meetings, correspondence and parliamentary questions. In particular, I met a number of hon. Members and stakeholders at the Parliamentary Waterways Group (PWG) on 12 December 2006 and a range of inland waterways representatives and press at the London Boat Show on 11 January 2007.

In the last six months, I have met British Waterways six times in my role as Inland Waterways Minister, including at PWG and the Boat Show. Discussions have included funding and delivery of shared strategic objectives.

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