Oral Answers to Questions

Baroness Morgan of Cotes Excerpts
Tuesday 16th July 2019

(1 year, 2 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Greg Clark Portrait Greg Clark - Parliament Live - Hansard
16 Jul 2019, 12:09 p.m.

I am sure the hon. Gentleman welcomes the commitment given by Vauxhall’s owners to invest in Ellesmere Port, but he is absolutely right that they have said that that depends on a successful resolution of Brexit that means Vauxhall can continue to trade without tariffs and friction with the rest of the European Union. That reinforces how vital it is to secure such a deal.

Baroness Morgan of Cotes Portrait Nicky Morgan (Loughborough) (Con) - Hansard

13. What steps the Government are taking to help improve the viability of fuel cell manufacturing in the UK. [911963]

Andrew Stephenson Portrait The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Andrew Stephenson) - Hansard
16 Jul 2019, 12:10 p.m.

We provide support through Innovate UK for early-stage fuel cell technologies, and through the Advanced Propulsion Centre and the energy entrepreneurs fund as those technologies mature towards the market. Our £23 million hydrogen for transport programme is expanding refuelling infrastructure, and fuel cell vehicles are eligible for consumer incentives, which helps to increase demand. Two weeks ago, I was at No. 10 with Intelligent Energy, a company in my right hon. Friend’s constituency, considering further opportunities for fuel cell deployment.

Baroness Morgan of Cotes Portrait Nicky Morgan - Parliament Live - Hansard
16 Jul 2019, 12:10 p.m.

I thank the Minister very much indeed for that answer; it sounds almost as if he knew I was going to raise Intelligent Energy, which is based in my constituency and, as he obviously knows, manufactures hydrogen fuel cells, having developed the technology. Will he confirm that the Government are technology neutral when it comes to identifying future technologies? To follow on from the previous question, do the Minister and the Department appreciate the opportunities for factories where diesel engines are no longer going to be manufactured to get into the manufacture of the next generation of engines, which should be fuelled by hydrogen fuel cells?

Andrew Stephenson Portrait Andrew Stephenson - Parliament Live - Hansard
16 Jul 2019, 12:11 p.m.

I agree strongly with my right hon. Friend: there is huge potential for the auto sector. The Government are committed to policies that are technology neutral as we achieve the ambitions that we set out in the Road to Zero strategy around a year ago. The Government support the development of hydrogen as a transport fuel and we are in step with international progress. However, we acknowledge that we need to go further and faster in all different types of technologies.