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British Waterways

Volume 698: debated on Monday 21 January 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What was the total funding provided to British Waterways in the past five years; what is its budget for the current year; and what is the proposed funding in 2008-09. [HL1214]

The formal Comprehensive Spending Review settlement for 2008-09 to 2010-11 has been announced and will now be followed by Defra's own financial allocation process, which will take account of the department's full range of priorities. Final allocations will be known in February. At this stage, I am hopeful that the budget for British Waterways will broadly be flat cash over the three-year period.

Core government grant for British Waterways for the current year is £66.9 million comprising £55.5 million from Defra and £11.4 million from the Scottish Government. Other sources of funding include its commercial income of just under £100 million and grants from a range of sources; for example, for freight and regeneration activities.

Year

Defra grant

Scottish Government Grant

Total £m

2006-07

55.5

12.4

67.9

2005-06

62.6

12.0

74.6

2004-05

59.1

12.7

71.8

2003-04

76.6

12.6

89.2

2002-03

71.6

13.8

85.4