§ Mr. Pawsey
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the extent of the emergency works being carried out on the north Oxford canal between 297W Brinklow and the Hawksbury junction in Warwickshire; what is the cost; and whether there is any casual relationship between these repair works and those carried out in the area where the M69 crosses the canal near Anstey in Warwickshire.
§ Mr. John Patten
Repairs to Nettlehill cutting on the north Oxford canal are to be undertaken by the British Waterways Board at an estimated cost of £500,000 over two winters and from the programme of backlog work requiring specific grant aid from my Department. However, the start of this work has had to be deferred until January to tie in with the repair programme elsewhere in the area. There is no connection between the work on the cutting and any nearby road works on the M69 at Anstey where it crosses the Oxford canal.