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Inland Waterways

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what recent discussions he has had on the Quinquennial Review of British Waterways of 2004; (126846)

(2) what progress has been made in implementing the recommendations of the Quinquennial Review of British Waterways in 2004; and if he will make a statement.

DEFRA has agreed with British Waterways and the Shareholder Executive how the recommendations of the Quinquennial Review should be taken forward. I have met the Chairman and Chief Executive of British Waterways on a number of occasions to discuss a wide range of issues in the context of British Waterways’ revised governance framework, as recommended by the Review.