Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

Session 2006-07

28 February 2007

28 February 2007

British Waterways: Evidence session at the National Waterways Museum, Gloucester

Public hearing for individuals

The House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee's British Waterways Sub-committee is extending the deadline for written submissions to its inquiry in order to give interested individuals the opportunity to take part in a public hearing at the National Waterways Museum, Gloucester on Monday 16 April.

Our inquiry

Areas the Sub-committee is interested in include:

  • 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 Sub-committee is also hearing from witnesses at Westminster. Details of the programme are available at:


Format for the public hearing

The Committee wishes to hear the views of individuals who have experience of or a strong interest in the issues the Sub-committee is considering.

The format of the meeting on 16 April will allow each individual to make a short opening statement (of no longer than five minutes), to the Sub-committee. This will give the Sub-committee the opportunity to hear about a range of issues relating to its inquiry, and allow time for questions on each statement. To maximise the time available, individuals will appear before the Committee in groups of three or four. The evidence session will be recorded and the Committee will publish the transcript on the internet and in print. The meeting will take place at the National Waterways Museum, Llanthony Warehouse, Gloucester Docks, Gloucester. Please follow the link below for a map: http://www.nwm.org.uk/welcome.htm

How to have YOUR say

The Sub-committee is inviting individuals who wish to participate in the public hearing at the National Waterways Museum in the afternoon of 16 April 2007, to apply by making a short written submission to the inquiry by the new deadline of 15 March 2007.

If you think you have something to say that would help the Sub-committee's inquiry and you are able to attend the meeting at the National Waterways Museum on 16 April 2007, please send a brief note (a side of A4 is enough), including your telephone number and other contact details, to the email or postal address given below. The note should:

  • set out your background and experience

  • let us know the kind of issue you would like to raise in relation to the Sub-committee's inquiry

  • follow the guidance on the required format of submissions to the Committee, set out below.

The Sub-committee will make a selection from the written submissions (including those which have already been received) and extend invitations to give oral evidence at the meeting.

Format of submissions

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

British Waterways Inquiry
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
Committee Office
House of Commons

Submissions must address the terms of reference and should be as brief as possible. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference.

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.

The deadline is Thursday15 March 2007

The extended deadline for submissions is NOON on Thursday 15 March 2007.

Please note that giving oral evidence entails making a personal appearance before the Committee (alongside other individuals) in public and on record. If you do not wish to appear before the Sub-committee on 16 April but are sending your comments on the Sub-committee's inquiry, please say so at the beginning of your submission.

For further information about the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee's work please see the Committee's website: http://www.parliament.uk/efracom/.