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Volume 961: debated on Wednesday 31 January 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment when the money allocated for urgently needed repairs to the canal system will be spent.

Although it has not been possible so far to get ahead with the specific maintenance programme proposed by the British Waterways Board because of industrial action by certain of its staff, the Board has been able to use the additional grant so far allocated in the current financial year on materials needed for the programme and on other urgent works.