§ Mr. Frank Cook
asked the Secretary of State for Energy what is his Department's current estimate of the number of direct and indirect jobs likely to be created by (a) the Severn tidal barrage and (b) the Mersey barrage.
§ Mr. David Hunt
Estimates for the possible number of jobs created by the construction of a barrage close to Cardiff and Weston were published in the report from the Severn Tidal Power Group in 1986. The study was financially supported by my Department.
There are as yet no equivalent estimates for the Mersey but the studies currently being undertaken by the Mersey Barrage Company with financial support from my Department should produce such estimates.