Inland Waterways: Repairs and Maintenance

Environment Food and Rural Affairs

Written answers and statements, 23 June 2010

Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North, Labour)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what expenditure British Waterways has incurred on maintaining and developing waterway network infrastructure in each of the last 10 years; what proportion of such expenditure was on infrastructure not classified as a principal asset in each such year; what estimate she has made of such expenditure in each of the next three years; and if she will make a statement.

* Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 23 June 2010, c265W)

Richard Benyon (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Natural Environment and Fisheries), Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Newbury, Conservative)

British Waterways does not record information in the format requested.

British Waterways has spent £334 million on major infrastructure works and dredging over the last 10 years, of which £218 million (65%) relates to work on what they classify as “principal assets”. In addition British Waterways has spent £347 million on third party funded restoration and regeneration projects.

The analysis of the expenditure over the last ten years which is derived from their published annual report and accounts is appended. It has only been since 2006-07 that BW have sub-analysed other operating expenditure further to disclose how much is spent directly on waterway network general maintenance and customer service activities. The analysis by year is also provided.

British Waterways is currently considering its expenditure plans for the next three years which will need to take account of the outcome of the government’s forthcoming spending review and its estimates of future commercial income.

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