HC Deb 20 May 1981 vol 5 c87W
Mr. Skeet

asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will list the alternative energy strategies stating the projected expenditure on each; and whether it is the Government's intention to discontinue further research and development of any one of them.

Mr. John Moore

The aim of the R and D programme on renewable forms of energy is to assess the nature and scale of the various resources and the extent to which they might contribute to the United Kingdom energy supplies economically. The estimated outturn expenditure on renewable R and D projects in 1980–81 is:

Wind 772
Wave 3,316
Geothermal 2,248
Solar 789
Tidal 1,409
Conservation R and D 229
Biofuels 242
Total 9,005

The work of the Severn Barrage committee is now complete. No further work on tidal power will be initiated until the committee's report has been considered thoroughly. My Department has no plans to reduce expenditure on any of the other topics. Detailed projections of expenditure are not available because it is the nature of R and D programmes that priorities should be reviewed continuously in the light of progress.

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