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Inland Waterways

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with British Waterways on progress towards its target to expand its waterways network by 2012. (236325)

I have had discussions with British Waterways on the strategic approach to getting best benefit from its waterways. The Government remain fully supportive of British Waterways’ ambition to expand its network, provided this is not at the expense of compromising its ability to maintain its existing network through creating additional on-going financial liabilities.

British Waterways is currently leading on a number of major waterway network expansion projects around the country, including the Bow Back Rivers in London’s Olympic Park, the Liverpool Link, the Droitwich Canals and the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal.