To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to Action Point 13 of the Government's Offshore Wind Industrial Strategy, published in August 2013, how much funding is available as part of the offshore wind manufacturing funding scheme for England; whether the (a) funds available under the scheme and (b) scope of residence have changed since the publication of the strategy; and how much funding was provided to companies as part of the scheme in August to December 2013.
I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
The offshore wind manufacturing funding scheme closed to new applicants on
Owing to the confidential nature of commercial negotiations we cannot comment on the status of potential applications to the scheme. We are in discussions with a number of companies interested in investing in the UK as their projects progress.
Under the Grant for Business Investment scheme, information on grant offers for sums greater than £75,000 is normally published following the payment of the first instalment of the grant, including the name and location of the recipient of the grant and the size of the grant offered.