§ Mr. Conway
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what plans he has to commercialise the operations of the British Waterways Board.
§ Mr. Maclean
As far as is consistent with its statutory obligations, the British Waterways Board is already required to run its affairs on a commercial basis. How it manages its day-to-day operations is a matter for the board, but in all its activities BWB should achieve value for money, seek an adequate return on investment and increase opportunities for private sector participation.