Examination of Witnesses (Questions 216
WEDNESDAY 15 NOVEMBER 2000
216. Good morning, gentlemen. I am sorry to
have kept you waiting. We are very happy to have you with us this
morning. Would you like to identify yourselves?
(Dr Fletcher) Good morning, Chairman. I am Dave Fletcher.
I am the Chairman of the Association of Inland Navigation Authorities.
(Mr Holroyde) I am Geoffrey Holroyde, representing
a very small navigation, the Upper Avon Navigation Trust, that
is Evesham to Stratford.
(Mr Burgess) I am Philip Burgess. I am employed by
the Association as its Research & Administration Manager.
217. Did you have any general remarks you wanted
to make, Dr Fletcher, or anyone else?
(Dr Fletcher) No, Chairman.
218. Thank you. Then can I ask, does the existence
of so many navigation authorities cause any practical problems?
(Dr Fletcher) I do not think so, Chairman. It is probably
the very reason for the existence of the Association; if there
were no navigation authorities to represent I do not think we
would exist. We represent 30 navigation authorities, so we think
it is tremendous that they would believe an organisation like
us can represent and give a singular voice and perhaps be able
to respond to your queries on behalf of 30.
219. I know that sounds very civilised, but,
you know, the sort of division between half of it being British
Waterways and half of it being a number of different authorities
must present some problems, surely?
(Dr Fletcher) I think it is incumbent on the Association
to try to get a consensus of views, and we have done quite well
to produce, just in our first few years of existence, a clear
strategy for all the waterways together, and then to try to seek
harmony and to share best practice.