HC Deb 11 August 1920 vol 133 cc431-2W

asked the Minister of Transport if he is aware that his policy in discontinuing control of the canals and waterways of this country is causing much concern, and many independently-owned canals will be compelled to close down on 31st August; and if he will consider the advisability of retaining control until the Report of the Com- mittee on Canals and Waterways is received?


The hon. and gallant Member is, I think, under a misapprehension. The Minister is taking possession under Section 3 of the Ministry of Transport Act, 1919, of such canal undertakings as make the necessary application. The fears expressed in the question have, I believe, been removed by the answers already given, including the one to my hon. and gallant Friend yesterday.