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Offshore Wind Technology

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 17 January 2008

15. To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent discussions his Department has had with the Scottish Executive on the use of offshore wind technology. (179537)

BERR has a range of mechanisms in place to facilitate a dialogue with the Scottish Executive regarding offshore wind technology. For example, in recent months, through ministerial correspondence and significant day to day contact at official level. In addition, BERR and Scottish Executive Ministers and officials participate regularly in Government renewables forums, such as BERR’s Research Advisory Board (RAB) and the Forum for Renewable Energy Developments in Scotland (FREDS).

23. To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what procedures his Department has for taking account of local opinion in its consideration of applications for wind farms. (179545)

Companies submitting applications for wind farms to the Secretary of State are required to publicise their proposals. The Secretary of State will take all representations received into account before reaching a decision. Where a local authority objects to an onshore wind farm application within its boundaries, the Secretary of State is obliged to call a public inquiry.