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Rivers: Repairs and Maintenance

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which Government department and Minister has overall responsibility for ensuring that the (a) River Severn and (b) River Avon remain navigable; and if he will make a statement. (253559)

DEFRA sponsors British Waterways which is the navigation authority responsible for ensuring that the stretch of the River Severn between Gloucester and Stourport remains navigable. There is no navigation authority north of Stourport.

The Lower Avon Navigation Trust together with the Upper Avon Navigation Trust are responsible for the management of the River Avon. Both are independent statutory navigation authorities.