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Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon (13 Jun 2018)

Alun Cairns: I have regular discussions with Ministers at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on energy matters pertaining to Wales. A statement on the proposals for the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon will be made in due course.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon (13 Jun 2018)

Alun Cairns: I would really like the tidal lagoon to go ahead, but of course it must prove to be value for money. Tidal projects could have a positive energy potential, but of course they must deliver value for money for the taxpayer. A number of proposals have been made, and I am not sure whether the hon. Gentleman is supportive of just the project he mentions or marine and tidal projects in general.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon (13 Jun 2018)

Alun Cairns: I am disappointed with the tone the hon. Gentleman takes. I would hope that he would recognise the fair funding settlement that we got for Wales—something that the Labour party ignored for 13 years; the Severn tolls announcement; and the city and growth deals that we have got. For Swansea there is a £1.3 billion scheme, and the Cardiff scheme is the biggest in the UK. I hope that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon (13 Jun 2018)

Alun Cairns: No announcement has been made on the tidal lagoon because we are still looking at the numbers. We are doing anything and everything possible to try to make this fit. The hon. Lady should not want it to go ahead if it is not good value for money for the taxpayer. She will be well aware that Tata is an energy-intensive industrial site right next door to the site for the proposed tidal lagoon....

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon (13 Jun 2018)

Alun Cairns: I am glad the hon. Gentleman mentions the Wylfa project, because it is a great demonstration of the Government being prepared to look at the financial model and adjust it in order to make projects happen. It will be the biggest infrastructure project in Wales for well over 30 years, and it provides fantastic prospects. I hope that tidal and marine energy could offer the same, but we should...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon (13 Jun 2018)

Alun Cairns: The hon. Lady raises an important point, because she talks about projects that are value for money. Of course £92.50 was rightly highlighted as extremely expensive at the time, and we said that that would be the highest we would pay for such energy projects. We have already said that the tidal lagoon, under the current proposals, would be twice the price of nuclear, so clearly we would...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon (13 Jun 2018)

Alun Cairns: The hon. Lady referred to the Welsh Government’s commitment of £200 million, but that is merely a small fraction of the cost of the proposal. We are working with the Welsh Government: we have shared our financial analysis of the project and they have not rejected or pushed back on the sharing of that data. That demonstrates the collaborative approach to the project that we want to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Heathrow Expansion: Benefits for Wales (13 Jun 2018)

Alun Cairns: Heathrow airport is an asset for the whole of the United Kingdom and we will make sure that the benefits of expansion are shared as widely as possible.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Heathrow Expansion: Benefits for Wales (13 Jun 2018)

Alun Cairns: My hon. Friend is right, and I know that he is keen to gain a logistical hub in Scotland, which demonstrates that Heathrow airport expansion is a project not just for London and the south-east, but for the whole of the UK. I was in Shotton just a couple of weeks ago showing Heathrow airport as one of the potential sites for a logistical hub, so I suspect that we may be in competition.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Heathrow Expansion: Benefits for Wales (13 Jun 2018)

Alun Cairns: The hon. Lady raises an important point. Public transport is an important part of the expansion of Heathrow, including the western rail link. I am as keen as she is to see that progress as quickly as possible.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Heathrow Expansion: Benefits for Wales (13 Jun 2018)

Alun Cairns: My hon. Friend raises an extremely important point, because the removal of the Severn tolls creates a great opportunity to create and generate a new economic region. I held a Severn growth summit in Wales in January, and more people attended from the south-west of England than from Wales, which demonstrates the will to combine the capacity of the area to compete with the northern powerhouse,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Heathrow Expansion: Benefits for Wales (13 Jun 2018)

Alun Cairns: The hon. Gentleman makes an important point. He talks about Liverpool and Manchester. Part of the condition of the expansion of Heathrow airport and the construction of the third runway relates to the protection of 15% of slots for regional airports around the UK, and Liverpool and Manchester stand to benefit significantly from that.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Air Pollution: Chepstow (13 Jun 2018)

Alun Cairns: I have met Monmouthshire county councillors and share their concerns regarding air pollution around Chepstow. The abolition of the tolls on the Severn crossings represents a huge opportunity for economic growth in Chepstow and Monmouthshire, but we must also be alive to those sorts of pressures.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Air Pollution: Chepstow (13 Jun 2018)

Alun Cairns: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport has established a strategic roads group in Britain, in which we can discuss cross-border issues. A meeting was held just last week. I am disappointed that the Welsh Government were not present, but we can continue to engage on a positive basis to ensure that these cross-border opportunities are exploited to the best of our ability.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Air Pollution: Chepstow (13 Jun 2018)

Alun Cairns: The hon. Gentleman makes an extremely important point about air quality, which is why the Government have launched their clean air strategy. There have been significant improvements in this field since 2010, but we absolutely recognise the challenges. I am not sure about the second element of his question, which relates to further devolution of fiscal policy.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Steel Industry (13 Jun 2018)

Alun Cairns: I regularly discuss the role of Welsh steel plants in supporting a successful UK steel industry with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy. We remain committed to supporting the sector to remain competitive in a challenging global marketplace.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Steel Industry (13 Jun 2018)

Alun Cairns: The hon. Gentleman will be well aware that my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister has raised this matter directly with the President of the United States. The Secretary of State for International Trade has also raised it with his counterpart, and I have spoken to the UK’s trade commissioner in the US and to the US ambassador here in the UK. It is only by working with the European Union...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Steel Industry (13 Jun 2018)

Alun Cairns: We had a series of question on the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon earlier, and we said that the project should only go ahead—I would really like it to go ahead—if it represents good value for money for the taxpayer. The hon. Lady notes the amount of steel that would be needed, but that is less than a month’s output for a major steel plant. The project has an important procurement...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Leaving the EU: Benefits for Wales (13 Jun 2018)

Alun Cairns: The Welsh economy approaches EU exit from a position of strength. Leaving the EU will allow us to shape our own ambitious trade and investment opportunities, in Europe and beyond, and put Wales and the wider UK at the forefront of global trade and investment opportunities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Leaving the EU: Benefits for Wales (13 Jun 2018)

Alun Cairns: I would say in the first instance that the hon. Gentleman is calling for a second referendum, which would create the greatest uncertainty for the UK, both economically and constitutionally. I also point out that exports from the UK are growing, and at a faster rate than areas outside the European Union, and he well knows that exports from Wales cannot be taken in isolation without considering...


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