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Transfer of BW into Canal & River Trust set for early May, as it moves into final parliamentary phase

The draft order for moving British Waterways into the new Canal & River Trust went before Parliament on 29th February. It will be scrutinised by both Houses before it can be approved, under the simplified approval process made possible by the Public Bodies Act 2011. The order is officially titled The British Waterways Board (Transfer of Functions) Order 2012.  
 
The delays introduced by the extended negotiating over funding of the Trust means that Parliament’s approval is unlikely to be forthcoming before early May.  
 
The brief two-page order is followed by lengthier schedules amending existing Parliamentary acts so that references to BW are changed to CRT for England and Wales, while BW continues to be the public body for the Scottish waterways.
 
The draft order to abolish the Inland Waterways Advisory Council (IWAC) has also been laid before Parliament. It includes one amendment to the British Waterways Act 1995, in respect of the make-up of the boat safety Standards Appeal Panel. 

Tuesday 6 March  | Andrew Denny  | 2.55pm, Tuesday 6 March 2012

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