HC Deb 16 February 1972 vol 831 c401
15. Dr. Marshall

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many miles of rivers and canals administered by the British Waterways Board were used for major commercial purposes in 1971.

Mr. Peyton

About 315 miles, Sir.

Dr. Marshall

Does not that figure contradict the claim made in circular 92/71 that the inland waterways fulfil a major transport function only over a few short lengths? Will the Minister acknowledge that in Yorkshire the waterways are vital commercial arteries?

Mr. Peyton

There is some justification for what the hon. Gentleman says. Over half the freight traffic carried is carried on about 100 miles in the Yorkshire and Humber area, but it is not a very large quantity.