New Clause 22 — Interpretation of the green purposes: duty to assess impact on the Climate Change Act 2008

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Photo of Iain Wright Iain Wright Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills) 3:30 pm, 17th October 2012

Absolutely. I think the hon. Gentleman can go to the toilet now. Recent research has concluded that capital expenditure costs for something as important and significant as offshore wind projects, in which my constituency could play a leading part, could fall by a third in the next decade if a greater proportion of the parts were made in the UK. We need to be mindful of that and the Government must work with business to enhance the supply chain possibilities, opportunities and capabilities in the UK. I suggest to the hon. Gentleman, with the greatest of respect, that that is not happening, largely because of policy uncertainty. That is what amendment 77 is designed to address.