Third evidence session on 'A Severn Barrage?'

21 February 2013

The Energy and Climate Change Committee will take evidence in public on A Severn Barrage? at 9.30am on Thursday 28 February in the Thatcher Room, Portcullis House.


At 9.30am
Environment Agency

  • Ed Mitchell, Director of Environment and Business
  • Dr Richard Cresswell  MBE, Director South West
  • Mike Evans, Strategic Environmental Planning Manager

At 10.00am
DG Environment, European Commission

  • Mr Alan Seatter,  deputy Director-General, DG Environment, European Commission

At 10.45am
Department of Energy and Climate Change

  • Rt Hon Gregory Barker MP, Minister of State
  • Trevor Raggatt, Head of Small Scale and Emerging Renewables
  • Barbara Garnier Schofield,  Head - Marine Energy and Tidal Range


The session will explore a range of issues, including:

  • The impact of a barrage on flooding in the area and potential costs or savings
  • The impact on wildlife habitats, in particular migratory fish
  • The regulatory framework and the implications of EU legislation for a barrage
  • The Habitats and Wild Birds Directive and ‘IROPI’
  • The EC’s approach to compensatory measures
  • The cost of barrage electricity and socio-economic impacts
  • Government’s decision-making process
  • Government support for marine technologies and alternative solutions

Written evidence from witnesses

Read written evidence submitted to the Committee by some of the witnesses appearing:

Further information

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