Posts Tagged ‘DEFRA consultation’

FOI will apply to Canal and River Trust

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

After some embarrassing shilly-shallying a few weeks ago in response to questions from Chippenham MP Duncan Hames, the Waterways Minister Richard Benyon has confirmed that the statutory functions of the BW charity will continue to be subject to the Freedom of Information Act. Mr Benyon’s statement is part of the DEFRA’s conclusions following the supplementary consultation in September and October on the transfer of BW to charity status.

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Benyon says sorry in writing for FOI blunder

Friday, October 28th, 2011

We can bring you the full text of Waterways Minister Richard Benyon’s written statement of apology to the House of Commons for pre-empting the results of DEFRA’s second consultation on the new waterways charity, which includes the issue of whether the Canal and River Trust will be subject to FOI. Mr Benyon wrote:

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Example response to second consultation on BW charity

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Here is an example response to the second DEFRA consultation on transferring BW to charity status. Despite complaints, the deadline is still 24th October. It’s always best to put responses in your own words, if possible. The example response contains an introductory statement, replies to the questions about England and Wales, and replies to the questions about Scotland. If you answer the questions about Scotland there’s a separate email address for the replies. Please take the time to respond if you can – it’s important that DEFRA is aware of our concerns.

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Important second consultation on BW transfer to charity

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

DEFRA and BW have announced a second consultation on certain aspects of the order which will transfer BW to charity status. This will take place between  12th September and 24th October. In particular the consultation covers whether the new waterways charity should be subject to the Freedom of Information Act. Please respond to the consultation – there have been a lot of them recently but this is also important!

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DEFRA announce results of consultation on new waterways charity

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

DEFRA has published a brief analysis of the results of the consultation on moving the inland waterways to charity status, together with the Government’s response to the consultation replies. Considering the complexity of the consultation questions and the magnitude of the decisions to be made, both the summary of replies and the Government’s response are disappointingly lightweight and lacking in detail.

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Public Bodies Bill: Boaters group writes to 626 MPs but BW amendment goes through

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

The National Bargee Travellers Association (NBTA) recently wrote to all 626 MPs urging them to vote against the British Waterways (BW) amendment to the Public Bodies Bill. The second reading of the Bill took place on 12 July in the House of Commons.

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Only 13 days to respond to BW charity consultation

Friday, June 17th, 2011

There are only 13 days left to respond to the DEFRA consultation on the New Waterways Charity. It ends on 30th June. If you plan to respond, below is one boater’s response which may provide some inspiration in answering the questions. You can download it. It’s always better to respond to consultations in your own words, as duplicate responses may carry less weight. If you have any thoughts about the consultation that you want to share, please comment here.

Here’s the sample responseResponse to BW Charity consultation

Deadline June 30th to respond to BW charity consultation!

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

The DEFRA consultation on moving BW to charity status ends on 30 June. Please respond giving your views on whether BW is fit to become a charity. The responses will be considered when the Ministerial Order for the Statutory Transfer of BW to a charity goes through Parliament. It’s extremely important that all the issues get onto the table in the DEFRA consultation as there won’t be another consultation.

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Important Boaters’ Meeting, Honey Street

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Tuesday 14 June 7.30 in the Marquee, Barge Inn, Honey Street.

To update boaters about BW’s intentions towards liveaboards, BW’s move to charity status and other recent developments. Organised by boaters.

Contact 07928 078208 or email

K and A Pilot Partnership Board update

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Andrew Harry, a liveaboard boater who is on the Kennet and Avon Pilot Waterway Partnership Board, sent this report following the second meeting that he attended.

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