HC Deb 16 February 1977 vol 926 cc237-8W
Mr. John H. Osborn

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what consultations he has now had, after the conference arranged by the South Yorkshire County Council, with the Chairman of the British Waterways Board, shipping companies, and other commercial interests with a view to setting up a joint venture company to promote South Yorkshire navigation between Hull and Rotherham or Sheffield and link up with the canal and inland waterway systems of the community.

Mr. Denis Howell

I have received no such approaches on this subject since the conference to which the hon. Member refers. Any commercial initiatives are the responsibility of the British Waterways Board.