Prime Minister's Questions: East Anglia and Offshore Wind

Waveney MP Peter Aldous asked the Prime Minister, David Cameron, about funding for offshore renewable manufacturing on the East Anglian Coast.

Mr Aldous was concerned that the East Anglian coast is not to receive money from the grants for business investment scheme which is allocating £60 million to assisted areas to establish offshore wind manufacturing at port sites.

Mr Aldous said:

“I was pleased to be able to ask the Prime Minister directly about the funding available for the development of offshore wind manufacturing on the East Anglian Coast. The Prime Minister pointed to the Regional Growth Fund as one of the possible sources of funding and I will be investigating this basis for an application in the coming weeks, working with those parties who will be putting together a bid.”

Peter Aldous (Waveney) (Con): The East Anglian coast has some of the highest levels of deprivation in England and an urgent need for infrastructure development, but it has huge potential for creating jobs in the offshore renewables sector. Will the Prime Minister look again at the exclusion of the East Anglian coast from the £60 million allocated to establish offshore wind manufacturing at port sites, announced under the grant for business investment scheme last week?

The Prime Minister: There is a great opportunity for communities, especially coastal communities, to make the most of offshore wind, and I have spoken to several leading industrialists, who are thinking of investing in Britain, to ensure that the grants are there. As my hon. Friend will know, this grant scheme applies only to assisted areas. East Anglia is not an assisted area, but that does not rule out development taking place, and other sources of funding, such as the regional growth fund, can be applied to. I hope that he will look into those as he stands up for his community.

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