§ Mrs. Ann Taylor
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consultation took place, before the Transport and Works Bill was presented to Parliament, with the Inland Waterways Association, Inland Waterways Amenities Advisory Council, and other waterways and canal users' organisations.
§ Mr. McLoughlin
No formal consultation has taken place, but we are ready to meet representatives of inland waterways' interest groups to discuss the Bill at any time. The main provisions are based on proposals set out in the Government's consultation document "Private Bills and New Procedures"—Cm. 1110—published in June last year.