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Volume 129: debated on Thursday 10 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what plans he has to encourage the greater use of Britain's canals.

The British Waterways Board is responsible for most canals in Great Britain. Its objectives, which are agreed with Government, are to promote the fullest practicable use of its waterways for leisure, recreation and amenity, and for freight transport where appropriate, while operating as commercially as possible.