HC Deb 09 February 1999 vol 325 c150W
36. Mr. Hinchliffe

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he intends to introduce targets for the increased use of waterways for freight transport. [68299]

Ms Glenda Jackson

The Government are committed to encouraging greater use of inland waterways, and will be re-examining the rules of the freight grant scheme with a view to increasing the number of applications for inland waterways projects. There has been a significant increase in the 1998–99 budget. However, as the scheme is demand-led it is not possible to set meaningful targets.

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