30 March 2023
Aldous welcomes plans for powering up Britain

Peter Aldous welcomes the Government’s plans for powering up Britain and the focus on energy security, cost and decarbonisation, and calls on the Government to also concentrate on job creation by developing a skills strategy and an infrastructure investment plan which includes ports such as Lowestoft.

Peter Aldous (Waveney) (Con)

I welcome my right hon. Friend’s statement. This strategy rightly focuses on security of energy, its cost and decarbonisation. I would be grateful if he could confirm that the Government will also concentrate on the enormous opportunity to create jobs, and that they will come forward quickly with both a skills strategy and a plan for investment in infrastructure, which should include both the grid and ports such as Lowestoft?

The Minister for Energy Security and Net Zero (Graham Stuart)

I thank my hon. Friend for his constructive contribution, as ever. I co-chair the green jobs delivery group. We are working closely with industry to ensure that we get the signals from them across multiple trades, and engaging with the Department for Education to ensure that it can use those inputs to construct various courses to support that. We are absolutely focused. The reason we have a Minister for nuclear and networks is that we recognise that we have to get that infrastructure right. If we get it right—look at the success we have already had and at our investability going forward—it will be a tremendous transition, generating lower-cost energy and making us one of the most competitive economies in the world.