HC Deb 11 March 1985 vol 75 c34W
26. Mr. Alton

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what consideration he has given to tidal barrage projects, especially on the river Mersey.

Mr. David Hunt

My Department is supporting a jointly funded study by the Severn tidal power group to assess the feasibility of a Severn barrage built and operated by the private sector.

As far as Merseyside is concerned, a pre-feasibility study on a Mersey barrage has now been carried out. It is now proposed to extend this to refine cost and engineering estimates. My Department has been approached for financial support and I have agreed in principle to make a contribution towards funding a £40,000 study.