§ 37. Mr. Winterton
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the safeguards contained in the Government's proposed new waterways legislation to prevent the closure by the regional water authorities of stretches of canal.
§ Mr. Eldon Griffiths
The new authorities will have the same obligations as the British Waterways Board now has to maintain commercial and cruising waterways. Any closure proposal would be subject as now to a statutory procedure.