HC Deb 21 February 1972 vol 831 cc220-1W
71. Sir G. de Freitas

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will reconsider his water resources plan and allow the British Waterways Board to continue.

Mr. Peyton

It is no longer appropriate that the canals should be administered as though they were a transport industry. Consultations are proceeding with the British Waterways Board as to the best form of management of the canals within the framework that responsibility passes to the regional water authorities.