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Volume 927: debated on Monday 7 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy what is the current budget for research on (a) solar energy, (b) wave energy, (c) wind energy and (d) tidal energy.

In answer to Questions in the House on 29th April 1976 and 17th February 1977 my Department has announced programmes of £1·01 million in two years on wave power and an increased programme of £3·6 million in four years on solar energy which is estimated to bring the total amount to be spent on solar by the Government as a whole to £6 million over that period. We are carrying out studies on wind energy and tidal energy.