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Call over port funding distribution

Scottish and Welsh ports should be able to bid for Government funds to upgrade harbours to encourage the rollout of offshore wind farms, ministers have been urged.

Only English harbours and ports can currently apply for the £60M offshore wind port upgrade programme, but Labour’s Albert Owen (Ynys Mon) believes Welsh and Scottish ports should have a “level playing field” and be allowed to apply as well.

Ports are being urged to get ready for the manufacture of large new turbines to ensure that they are not made overseas. However, Owen said Welsh and Scottish ports may be left behind if they were not entitled to bid for the funding.

Speaking during questions on future Commons business, he said: “This week it was announced the £60M set aside for UK ports would go to England only, with the Barnett consequential going to Wales.

“This is a reserved matter for this Parliament and surely Welsh ports and Scottish ports should have a level playing field in applying for this subsidy?”

Commons leader George Young told him: “Of course I understand your concern and I will raise the issue of the distribution of grants for assistance to ports within the UK.”

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