Biomass Power Generation — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 2:30 pm on 20th March 2013.

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Photo of Nigel Adams Nigel Adams Conservative, Selby and Ainsty 2:30 pm, 20th March 2013

I could not agree more with my hon. Friend and neighbour. We are fortunate in our neck of the woods; unemployment has fallen considerably in the past couple of years. Funnily enough, as it happens, I had a meeting yesterday with Shepherd Building Group, one of the main construction partners helping Drax convert its biomass plant, and Shepherd told me that more than 1,000 jobs are being generated or safeguarded by the project, and more than £700 million in investment is being made to realise it. We must bear that in mind. Graham Stringer makes a valid point, but we must remember that people’s livelihoods and jobs are on the line.