Welsh Affairs Committee Press Notice

Session 2005-06

2 February 2006

Press Notice No 18



The Welsh Affairs Committee will be visiting North Wales on Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 February as part of its inquiry into Energy in Wales. The inquiry is examining the current and future provision of energy in Wales; future portfolio of energy provision in Wales; and the relationship between the UK Government and the National Assembly for  Wales on energy policy.

Wales has an important role to play in the future provision of energy not only within Wales but for the United Kingdom as a whole. North Wales plays a particularly important role as it is a net exporter of energy. It is also host to many different forms of energy production. The Committee therefore will assess, at first hand, current and future generation of energy in North Wales.

The visit will include meetings and discussions on nuclear power, hydro electric power, wind farms and photovoltaics. An outline programme of the visit is set out below:

Monday 13 February


Meetings and presentations at Wylfa Power Station on nuclear power generation, decommissioning and future design


Meetings at Bangor University with academics and groups opposed to wind farms

Meetings and presentations on at First Hydro Centre, Ffestiniog Power Station, on hydro-electric power

Tuesday 14 February

Morning    Meetings and presentations from Npower on off-shore wind farms

Afternoon    Meetings and presentations at  the Technium OpTIC on renewable energy technology

Information on the inquiry may be found at : www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/welsh_affairs_committee.cfm

Membership of the Committee: Dr Hywel Francis MP (Chairman), Mr Stephen Crabb MP, David T. C. Davies MP, Nia Griffith MP, Mrs Siân C. James MP, Mr David Jones MP, Mr Martyn Jones MP, Mrs Madeline Moon MP, Jessica Morden MP, Hywel Williams MP, Mark Williams MP