§ Mr. Pawsey
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what information he has obtained in the course of his review of the British Waterways Board's capital programme and of its need for grant-aid for repairs and maintenance regarding the progress made by the board on remedial work on the Blisworth tunnel and regarding its anticipated completion date.
§ Mr. Waldegrave
We receive monthly claims and regular expenditure programmes from the British Waterways Board for those maintenance backlog projects for which we give specific grant-aid. Repair work on Blisworth tunnel is one such project. The tunnel is likely to be reopened in spring 1985. So far £2.7 million has been spent and the estimated total cost is £4.25 million.