§ 64. Sir G. de Freitas
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what steps he is taking to encourage the use for all activities on inland waterways of silent electrically-powered boats in order to minimise pollution on these waterways.
§ Mr. Eldon Griffiths
Activities on inland waterways are the responsibility of river authorities and the British Waterways Board which controls them by means of byelaws. I am sure that these statutory bodies always strive to minimise pollution; but I am informed that the use of electric power for the propulsion of boats has not yet reached the stage of either technical or commercial reality.