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Inland Waterways

Volume 122: debated on Tuesday 10 November 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish in the Official Report the level of Government grant in real terms to inland waterways for every year from 1979 to 1987.

The table shows in cash terms and 1987–88 prices Government grant to the British Waterways Board in the years 1979–80 to 1987–88 together with the board's external financing limit (EFL), which comprises both the grant and an element of borrowing from the national loans fund.

Grant (cash)Grant (1987–88 prices)EFL (cash)EFL (1987–88 prices)
£m£m£m£m
1979–8022·839·625·744·6
1980–8125·637·530·043·9
1981–8228·437·931·642·1
1982–8337·646·839·348·9
1983–8439·847·340·848·5
1984–8541·847·642·848·7
1985–8643·546·744·147·4
1986–8743·945·845·046·9
1987–8844·044·045·045·0
As a result of this year's public expenditure round, BWB's EFL will be £46·8 million in 1988–89 with guideline figures of £47·9 million and £49·1 million for the following two years.