Energy minister Claire Perry is to face questions from the joint-committee inquiry into the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon on Monday.

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Select Committee and Welsh Affairs Select Committee will be investigating the government’s decision-making process for the project and the obstacles which have delayed an outcome.

The inquiry will also be pressing the Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth for details about when a decision will be made.

Co-chaired by Labour’s Rachel Reeves and Conservative MP David T.C. Davies, this second of two inquiry sessions will examine the steps and the stakeholders involved, along with the reasons for the Government’s failure to so far reach a decision on whether to support the lagoon, since exploratory discussions with it began in 2013.

At an earlier session on Wednesday 9 May, the committees heard from witnesses including the Rt Hon Charles Hendry, author of an independent review into the planned Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, and from the RSPB, Tidal Lagoon Power, energy consultancy Aurora Energy Research Ltd, Natural Resources Wales and the Crown Estate.

Claire Perry was grilled earlier this month by Parliament following reports that an announcement on the £1.2 billion project had been due on 13 June.

Perry told MPs: “We have to consider the whole life cycle of technologies and that is exactly what we have been doing in considering tidal technology.”

But she said that the project had to be delivered at “a price that is affordable” for consumers.

 

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