Electricity Interconnectors: Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Office written question – answered on 20th February 2019.

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Photo of Andrew Murrison Andrew Murrison Chair, Northern Ireland Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the timeframe is for the redetermination of the planning application for the Tyrone-Cavan interconnector.

Photo of Andrew Murrison Andrew Murrison Chair, Northern Ireland Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment she has made of the effect on the (a) economy and (b) security of supply as a result of the delay in approval for the Tyrone-Cavan interconnector.

Photo of Andrew Murrison Andrew Murrison Chair, Northern Ireland Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what role the guidance issued under the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation and Exercise of Functions) Act 2018 will play in the determination of the Tyrone-Cavan interconnector application.

Photo of John Penrose John Penrose The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

The Northern Ireland (Executive Formation and Exercise of Functions) Act 2018 and associated guidance gives greater certainty to enable NI Departments to continue to take decisions in Northern Ireland in the public interest. The redetermination of the planning application is a devolved matter and falls to the Department for Infrastructure. As such, I would encourage you to contact the Northern Ireland Department for Infrastructure for further information.

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