HL Deb 19 January 1998 vol 584 c217WA
The Earl of Mar and Kellie

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the project to repair the Lowlands Canals is still viable; and whether there is a new problem with the funding of the project.


Baroness Hayman

Funding for this project, which is being led by British Waterways, has been sought from a number of sources. All the funding is in place other than a contribution from the European Regional Development Fund. Recommendations from the two Scottish Office chaired programme committees which appraise ERDF applications in Scotland would leave a funding shortfall of some £7 million. However, the final decision rests with the European Commission. BW would have to reconsider the project's viability in the light of such a decision.