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Inland Waterways: Finance

Volume 457: debated on Tuesday 6 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on recent reductions in the budget for British Waterways. (125116)

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs leads on inland waterways, but DfT and Defra officials do meet on a regular basis to discuss issues of mutual interest—including this issue. However, it is ultimately a matter for navigation authorities to prioritise their activities in the light of competing demands for available resources.