Neil calls for manifesto commitment on tidal lagoon power

During Wales Questions today, Neil pressed the Secretary of State for Wales on Government plans to fund a tidal lagoon pathfinder project at Swansea Bay.

Neil asked: "What discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the date of publication for the Government response to the Hendry Review on tidal lagoons".

Secretary of State for Wales: "I have been in close discussions with Cabinet colleagues about our response to the Hendry review, which we are actively considering. Any potential energy project that can contribute to a clean, secure and diverse energy mix for the UK is worthy of serious consideration. Projects of this scale must also meet the essential requirement of delivering value for money for the taxpayer".

Neil: "The Hendry report very much supports a tidal lagoon in Swansea, which has the second highest rise and fall of tide in the world. We should be harnessing that tide. Does the Secretary of State see that as part of the Conservative manifesto for this general election?

Secretary of State: My hon. Friend is right to recognise that natural resources in Wales can play a significant role in the energy mix of not only Wales, but the UK. We would like this type of project to succeed, but of course it needs to be value for money for the taxpayer.

You can watch the full debate and Neil's question at this link.