HC Deb 01 November 1934 vol 293 c388W

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps are being taken to prevent a recurrence of the closing of the Crinan Canal in the month of July last, owing to shortage of water, in view of the inconvenience then caused?


I have been asked to reply. An additional reservoir for supplying water to the canal has recently been provided, but owing to the exceptionally low rainfall during the winter of 1933-34 and the last summer, the reservoirs supplying water to the canal have not filled. It has not, therefore, been possible to take advantage of the additional storage capacity made available by the provision of the new reservoir, which, in future, should afford adequate reserves.