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[Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] — Clean Energy Investment

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 9:40 am on 25th November 2015.

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Photo of Julie Elliott Julie Elliott Labour, Sunderland Central 9:40 am, 25th November 2015

I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention. Of course the key to good, stable energy policy is to have a long-term framework. Energy policy needs to last through more than one Government. Governments change every four or five years. Energy policy should be agreed and set out for the long term, to attract investment and so that we can regain our place as the world leader in this industry.

Uncertainty is this Government’s watchword. We have no idea what the size of the levy control framework will be post 2021. If we are relying on offshore projects with lead times of eight years or so, how can we expect people to invest when they do not know the size of the pot beyond 2021?