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MPs publish Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon documents

19 October 2018

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee and the Welsh Affairs Committee publish a series of documents relating to the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project.

Documents include letters from the UK Government and from Tidal Lagoon Power, the company behind the project.

Chair's comments

David T.C. Davies, Welsh Affairs Committee Chair, said:

"There has been much controversy around the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon and the UK Government’s decision not to support the project. Our Committees have been calling for the publication of papers about the background to the decision. I am pleased that that this pressure has led to the non-disclosure agreement being waived so we can now put key documents into the public domain. When proposals involve large amounts of public money, it is important tax payers can see what exactly is being proposed and how much it will cost them. Transparency around the project will allow the public to make up their own minds about the UK Government’s decision."

Rachel Reeves, Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee Chair, said:

"The decision-making process around the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project has been glacial and lacking in transparency. The saga of the decision around the project offers little encouragement that the government is equipped to take timely, clear action on future schemes. Investors and the public deserve clearer decision-making and better communication about government intentions on projects such as the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon."

On Monday 25 June, the Committees questioned Rt Hon Claire Perry MP, Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth, on the decision-making process for the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon. On Wednesday 9 May, the Committees heard from a series of witnesses including Rt Hon Charles Hendry, author of an independent review into the planned Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, Tidal Lagoon Power, and Natural Resources Wales.  

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