HC Deb 04 February 1997 vol 289 c533W
Mr. Rendel

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what sum the Government propose to allocate for maintaining the safety of British waterways in 1997–98. [13445]

Mr. Robert B. Jones

British Waterways' grant in aid allocation for 1997–98 is £50.89 million. This includes an extra £5 million in recognition of the backlog of maintenance. It is for the board of British Waterways to determine its priorities for maintenance and ensure the safety of the network.