Tidal Lagoon Announcement: People Of Aberavon See This As Another Betrayal Of The People Of Wales

I called on the Secretary of State to publish cost benefit analysis for the steel industry after the Government's announcement not to support the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon. The people of Aberavon see this as another betrayal of the people of Wales, they also understand that the project would've had huge benefits for the steel industry and the supply chain.

The Swansea Bay tidal lagoon would also have been in my constituency. I can tell the Secretary of State that today the people of Aberavon see this as yet another betrayal of the interests of the people of Wales. They also understand that the project would have had tremendous benefits for the steel industry. Will the Secretary of State today please promise to publish the cost-benefit analysis for the steel industry and the massive opportunity cost of not going ahead both for the steel industry and the steel supply chain? Will he publish that information?

Greg Clark: The hon. Gentleman and I engage closely with the steel industry. In fact, the steel content of the proposed lagoon would have been about a third of a month’s output of the Port Talbot plant. He knows perfectly well that one of the challenges facing the steel industry in this country is energy prices. I would have thought that he would want to take steps to reduce the burden of energy costs on businesses such as the steel industry.