Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

Session 2007-08

22 February 2008

British Waterways

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee will hold a one-off evidence session on British Waterways (BW), to follow up its work in this area last year (Seventh Report of Session 2006-07, HC 345-I).

The Committee will take oral evidence from both Defra and British Waterways to examine BW's regeneration and restoration role, with particular reference to BW's decision to withdraw from the Cotswold Canal Partnership.

The Committee invites all interested parties to submit a brief written memorandum setting out their views on this matter. The deadline for accepting memoranda is Monday 10 March 2008. More information about the required format and length of the submissions is given below.


Submissions should be in Word or rich text format and sent by e-mail to kubalam@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 no more than 1,500 words. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document must include an executive summary (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 Marek Kubala, Inquiry Manager, on 020 7219 1380.


1. The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs published its Seventh Report of Session 2006-07 [HC 345-I] on British Waterways on 23 July 2007. The Report is available at:


2. British Waterways announced on 4 February 2008 that it is withdrawing from the Cotswold Canal Partnership. BW's press release can be found at:


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