PLAID MP EXPOSES EMPTY TORY & LIBDEM ENERGY PROMISES

ELECTION MANIFESTOS NOT WORTH THE PAPER THEY’RE WRITTEN ON

Liberal Democrat and Conservative pledges to devolve more powers over energy to Wales, as promised in their 2011 manifestos to the Welsh electorate, have today been exposed as utterly false. 

During a debate hosted by Plaid Cymru’s Jonathan Edwards MP, UK energy minister Greg Barker announced that the coalition government would reserve these powers in Westminster, irrespective of promises made by the UK coalition parties in the Welsh election.

The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change will now take control of energy powers currently held by the shortly to be disbanded Infrastructure Planning Commission.  In the recent Welsh election, all four parties made the case for further devolution of energy powers.

Plaid’s Jonathan Edwards MP said:

“What the Minister has told us is that the coalition agreement effectively trumps whatever was in their manifesto for the Welsh election held just a few months ago.

“In the recent election, the Tories, Labour and the LibDems all made the case for further devolution of energy powers.

“We’ve now discovered that these were empty promises. Either that or the LibDems and Tories from Wales have absolutely zero influence on their masters in London.

“The National Assembly already has the power to consent to new or increased electricity generating stations up to 50MW. It would make sense then extend this remit, similar to the Scottish set-up where the Scottish people have complete control over the utilisation of their resources. Currently we have two separate energy agendas operating in Wales.

“It makes little sense that a generating station which will be 49MW should be decided on by the Assembly but 51MW by the Secretary of State in Westminster.”

 

ENDS / DIWEDD

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