17 March 2006
Barrett slams Tories over climate change Bill
John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, has accused the Conservative leader, David Cameron of failing to control his backbench MPs who are attempting to ‘talk out’ the Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Bill.
The tactics of conservative MPs could destroy the future of ambitious Scottish renewable energy projects. The Bill was due to complete its progress through the House of Commons today (Friday 17th) but will not now be able to do so until May.
The Bill would allow the Government to extend the cap on charges it makes for electricity companies to transmit power through the national grid and is crucial for many renewable projects in Scotland. Experts suggest the bill has implications for the whole of Scotland, which will find itself importing more electricity than it can export unless energy transmission charges are restricted by a cap as proposed in the bill.
John Barrett MP said:
“This Bill is of primary importance to the development of renewable energy across Scotland. If it is lost because of the childish antics of Conservative backbench MPs then they will rightly pay a heavy price at the polls.
“David Cameron has made great play of his supposed ‘green credentials’. However, today’s behaviour of conservative party has revealed their true colours on this environment.
“While the conservative spin on the environment may have changed, their lack of substance remains the same.”