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House of Commons Hansard
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12 June 2018
Volume 642

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

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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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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?

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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.

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The right hon. Gentleman has been given the accolade of being the source of world leadership in a particular field. I trust, therefore, that he will be gratified with his efforts today.