The following table provides information on the amount spent by British Waterways on canal systems in England and Wales since 2004. Information on spending is not held centrally on a canal-by-canal basis and, therefore, could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
|England and Wales|
|31 March 2004||31 March 2005||31 March 2006||31 March 2007|
|(1) Routine spend on infrastructure, for example, replacing lock gates and maintenance and associated overhead costs. |
(2) For example, repairs and maintenance to principal assets such as bridge repairs, lock chamber repairs, embankments and aqueducts, and culverts.
Comparable figures for spending prior to 2004 are not available due to changes to British Waterways' accounting and computing systems carried out in 2003.
Decisions on the amount spent on future funding for British Waterways canal systems from 2008 onwards will be informed by the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review settlement.
Information on canal systems not maintained by British Waterways is not held by my Department.