Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, has called on the Business Secretary to give the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon the go-ahead.
Speaking during BEIS Questions, Mr Elmore asked Greg Clark MP when the UK Government intended to respond to the First Minister of Wales’ offer of generous financial support to get the project off the ground.
Mr Elmore commented: “The Welsh Government is ready, Swansea Council is ready, the investors are ready: when will the UK Government be ready?! This project would bring benefits for the whole of South Wales - far beyond Swansea Bay - and it’s just the kind of infrastructure investment which we need to grow our economy.”
First Minister, Carwyn Jones, offered the UK Government financial support for the lagoon on 10th January but is yet to receive a response.
Mr Clark responded to Mr Elmore’s question by stating that “officials are meeting with their Welsh Government counterparts” to explore the proposal but failed to elaborate further, despite this project receiving the green light from Charles Hendry’s review over a year ago.
Mr Elmore added: “This constant stalling from ministers in Whitehall is doing nothing for investor confidence for the future. Theresa May needs to stop flip-flopping and do something radical for once: get this pioneering project going, before another country beats us to it!”