107 MPs call for swift government support for Tidal Lagoons

Tim Loughton MP (East Worthing and Shoreham), along with 107 MPs, signed a letter to Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Secretary of State Greg Clark calling for the government to respond to the recommendations of the Hendry Review on Tidal Lagoons, and in particular Charles Hendry's call for a pathfinder Tidal Lagoon, as soon as possible.

Tim Loughton MP said:

“Former Energy Minister, Charles Hendry, started his Review as a sceptic and ended as an enthusiast. He was very clear in urging the government to give the green light for a pathfinder in Swansea - the world's first ever tidal lagoon - and then see whether the experience justified going ahead with much larger future lagoons.

“There is a large amount of support in Parliament for this and many of us believe that tidal lagoons meet the aims of the Government's new industrial strategy. Clearly the Business Secretary and the Chancellor will want to be sure the pathfinder is affordable in the context of delivering secure, domestic, low carbon and diversified sources of energy. Our letter is to urge the government not to delay in responding positively to the recommendations and getting the financial talks for the pathfinder under way."

The Hendry Review final report can be found here: https://hendryreview.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/hendry-review-final-re…

Information regarding the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Marine Energy and Tidal Lagoons can be found here: https://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmallparty/160721/marine-e…

A copy of the letter can be found here: http://richardgraham.org/press-release-107-mps-call-for-swift-governmen…