HC Deb 25 June 1993 vol 227 c331W
Mr. Butterfill

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how, and to what extent, the National Rivers Authority has jurisdiction over the management of water resources controlled by the British Waterways Board; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Yeo

The Water Resources Act 1991 exempts all navigation authorities, including British Waterways Board (BWB), from the requirement to apply to NRA for abstraction licences in connection with their own operations but obliges BWB to apply to NRA for licences in respect of abstractions from BWB waters by others.