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.
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
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.