EU Referendum: Energy and Environment

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:25 pm on 12th July 2016.

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Photo of Amber Rudd Amber Rudd The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change 1:25 pm, 12th July 2016

My hon. Friend, who knows this area so well, has raised an important point. I hope to be able to reassure him that we will be able to continue to use our influence to encourage the European Union to raise its game and to reach the high standards that we do, but I agree with him that this will be an additional concern, on which we will have to work to try to deliver.

It is true that we had to make tough decisions on renewable energy when we came into office last year, reflecting the need to cut costs and the need for technologies to stand on their own two feet. I will not shy away from taking tough decisions. We need technologies that are low cost and clean, to protect bill payers.