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Olympics

Volume 456: debated on Thursday 1 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what discussions he has had with British Waterways about the lock and water-control structure on the Bow Back Rivers required to allow water freight access to the Olympic Park site; and if he will make a statement; (111808)

(2) when British Waterways expects to announce its decision on the funding of the lock and water-control structure on the Bow Back Rivers required to allow water freight access to the Olympic Park site;

(3) what assessment he has made of the impact on (a) the environment and (b) congestion of allowing water freight access to the Olympic Park site through the construction of the new lock and water-control structure on the Bow Back Rivers;

(4) what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on the funding for the lock and water-control structure on the Bow Back Rivers required to allow water freight access to the Olympic Park site;

(5) what assessment he has made of the effect of the delay in the announcement by British Waterways of its decision on the funding of the lock and water-control structure on the Bow Back Rivers required to allow water freight access to the Olympic Park site.

I have discussed the proposal for the new lock and water-control structure on the Bow Back Rivers with British Waterways on a number of occasions and welcome it. When complete, the lock and water control structure will enable waterborne freight to access the site both during construction and the legacy phase. It is also expected to provide other recreational, environmental and amenity benefits. British Waterways is currently finalising the funding package and an announcement will be made shortly.

No specific discussions have taken place between DEFRA Ministers and the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport regarding funding the lock and water-control structure.