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Part of Energy and Climate Change – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 26th January 2012.

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Photo of Tessa Munt Tessa Munt Liberal Democrat, Wells 10:30 am, 26th January 2012

On Tuesday the Institution of Engineering and Technology is due to publish its long-awaited report on the undergrounding of electricity transmission lines. Given that 1,000 new pylons would have a significant effect on the natural environment and the landscape, what steps has the Secretary of State taken to ensure that the study considers the wider economic benefits of undergrounding to tourism, particularly in my part of Somerset, and the lifetime maintenance costs of undergrounding compared with using mile upon mile of pylons?