§ Mr. Mullin
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy if he will review his policy into wave power following the evidence of Professor Stephen Salter to the House of Lords Sub-Committee on the European Communities.
§ Mr. Michael Spicer
My Department regularly reviews all the renewable technologies taking into account any new development or ideas which may alter previous assessments. All our recent reviews have indicated that76W research into large-scale offshore wave power would not be cost effective. Copies of the latest review, undertaken as part of a comprehensive appraisal of a wide range of energy technologies was published in 1987 as "Energy Paper 54". Copies are in the Libraries of the House.