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Volume 978: debated on Wednesday 13 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how much is to be spent on improving the waterways during the current year.

The only waterway improvement scheme being undertaken by the British Waterways Board at present is the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation Scheme. Expenditure in this scheme in 1980 is expected to be about £5 million. In meeting its maintenance and statutory commitments in 1980, the board expects to spend approximately £23·5 million on dredging and maintenance, of which £1·3 million is for tunnel repairs.