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Rivers: Canoeing

Volume 498: debated on Thursday 29 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to increase access to rivers for canoeists. (296318)

We have been working, through our agencies, to provide better access to inland water for canoeists and other users.

The Environment Agency’s work on four pilot rivers aimed to increase understanding of access agreements and develop a toolkit for others to use, and shows what can be achieved by agreements. Over time there is scope for voluntary agreements to significantly increase the amount of inland water accessible to all.