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Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 3rd February 2011.

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Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey Conservative, Wirral West

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions his Department has had with the National Grid on the installation of an underground electricity cable between Scotland and England via Wirral; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Charles Hendry Charles Hendry The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The Department regularly discusses electricity network policy issues with stakeholders including National Grid, however DECC does not have a role in approving specific transmission investments. The approval of grid investment projects is a matter for the transmission owners and Ofgem. Ofgem are currently seeking further information on the proposed West Coast undersea link from National Grid and Scottish Power to enable them to take a decision on approving funding for the investment.

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