§ 39. Mr. Awdry
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what steps he is taking to encourage water ports.
§ Mr. Eldon Griffiths
My Department has this year made grants of £227,135 to national and local water sports bodies, an increase of about 16 per cent. over that for the previous year.
Meanwhile I have asked water undertakers to review, in consultation with Regional Sports Councils, the recreational use of their reservoirs. Of their replies so far received, over 40 per cent. show recent or planned improvements.