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 how much (a) has been spent in the last five years and (b) is expected to be spent in the next five years on canal systems, broken down by canal.

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

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
£ million
31 March 2004 31 March 2005 31 March 2006 31 March 2007
Actual Actual Actual Forecast
Core Waterway(1) 52.4 54.3 60.2 59.4
Major Works(2) 41.9 28.0 31.4 25.1
Total 94.3 82.3 91.6 84.5
(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.

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