It is not surprising that the waterways of the Fens are not as calm as they should be. I have been contacted by many boat owners on the Middle Level who are furious at the scale of the increase in price Middle Level Commissioners have set for their boat licences. The price appears totally disproportionate to the services the boaters currently receive. I am investigating with all the bodies concerned as to why given the current economic climate,the boaters are not being engaged more constructively. I urge Middle Level Commission to apply a more proportionate approach.