Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

Session 2006-07

1 December 2006

1 December 2006

New inquiry announced: British Waterways

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee will inquire into the work of British Waterways, a Defra-sponsored public corporation.

The Committee will examine how British Waterways is working towards its ambition of creating "an expanded, vibrant, largely self-sufficient waterway network", in the context of the policies set out by the Government in Waterways for Tomorrow (published in 2000), the most recent policy review of British Waterways (carried out in 2004-05), and recent changes in Defra's budget.

The Committee will consider in particular:

€ current users of the waterway network and their relationships with British Waterways

€ the financial framework of British Waterways and the impact of changes in Defra's budget

€ recent developments in the stewardship work and commercial activities of British Waterways, including its property portfolio

€ potential for growth in leisure and freight use of the waterways network

€ relationships between British Waterways and central Government departments, Regional Development Agencies and local authorities.

The Committee invites all interested parties to address these matters in writing by Monday 15 January 2007. More information about the required format of submissions is given below.


Submissions should be in Word or rich text format and sent by e-mail to mcculloughj@parliament.uk. The body of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from.

Submissions must address the terms of reference. They should be as brief as possible, and certainly no more than 3,000 words. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document must include an executive summary, ideally no more than one page long.

Committees make public much of the evidence they receive during inquiries. If you do not wish your submission to be published, you must clearly say so. If you wish to include private or confidential information in your submission to the Committee, please contact the Clerk of the Committee to discuss this. Please bear in mind that Committees are not able to investigate individual cases.

Personal information, such as address and contact details, should be provided separately from the body of your submission. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Submissions should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted, no public use should be made of the submission unless you have first obtained permission from the Committee.

For further details about this inquiry, please contact Jenny McCullough, Second Clerk, on 020 7219 2735.

Information about the Committee can be found at: http://www.parliament.uk/efracom