European Commission And Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon

My written Parliamentary question to the Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change on the European Commission and Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon:

Stephen Kinnock: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent discussions she has had with the European Commission on the decision on state aid on the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project.

Andrea Leadsom: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 25 June 2015, Official Report, Column 1024:

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmhansrd/cm150625/debtext/150625-0001.htm#15062546000017

This answer provides supplementary information to that reply.

My rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State has not discussed a State aid decision on the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project with the European Commission.

The Government is currently in the first phase of negotiations for the potential award of a contract for difference to Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay. This is a due diligence phase to understand whether the project is both value for money and affordable for consumers, and whether it will drive down costs for tidal lagoon energy in the UK.