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Ed Davey Excerpts
Tuesday 12th June 2018

(2 years, 3 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Mr Speaker Hansard

We can take Question 19, if it is brief.

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19. What the Government’s policy is on tidal lagoons. [905798]

The Minister for Energy and Clean Growth (Claire Perry) Hansard
12 Jun 2018, 12:21 p.m.

The right hon. Gentleman knows, more than many in the House, the need to invest in innovative technologies, while maintaining a focus on value for money. We have rightly looked at this project with very serious scrutiny. There are some very attractive things about it, but it has to pass the value for money test. When that decision is made, the House will be the first to know.

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12 Jun 2018, 12:21 p.m.

Does the Minister accept that nuclear and offshore wind needed pathfinder projects, first-of-a-kind projects, to prove the technology and the economics and to get the cost down. Why can tidal lagoons not have such a pathfinder project, just as Charles Hendry recommended?

Claire Perry Hansard

Partly because of the right hon. Gentleman’s great policy decisions, we have had a world-leading advance in offshore wind in terms of the cost at which we can deploy it. He is right to say that we have to consider the whole life cycle of technologies and that is exactly what we have been doing in considering tidal technology.