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Rivers: Licensing

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been collected in licence fees from users of (a) the River Avon and (b) the River Severn in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. (253560)

We do not have this information for the River Avon which is managed by an independent statutory navigation authority. British Waterways is the navigation authority for the River Severn from Gloucester to Stourport (there is no navigation authority upstream of Stourport and ownership is shared between local authorities and private landowners).

The licence fees for that part of the river Severn under British Waterways’ jurisdiction are set out as follows:

Value of licences sold (£)

Number of licences

Number of boats

2004-05

101,106

494

493

2005-06

103,583

523

506

2006-07

103,691

488

467

2007-08

112,961

515

487