§ 43. Mr. Hurd
asked the Minister of Transport what action he is taking within his powers under the Railway and Canal Traffic Act, 1888, to safeguard the interests of the users of the Kennet and Avon Canal, of which the Reading to Newbury section is still closed to traffic.
The British Transport Commission, on whom responsibility rests for the upkeep of this waterway, inform us that, following the reconstruction and repair of some of the locks, it has been re-opened as far as Midgham Lock, about 14 miles from the junction with the Thames at Reading. The necessary work beyond this point is presenting difficulties, but when the reconstruction of Colthrop Tumbling Bay is completed it should be possible for traffic to proceed as far as Newbury.
§ Mr. Mikardo
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the information he has given will be greatly welcomed in the district? 30 Is he also aware that it is good to see the Transport Commission doing something under its obligations to put into use these waterways, which were allowed to become derelict before the Commission was set up?