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MP presses Cameron to address Feed-in Tariff cuts

Alan Whitehead, Labour MP for Southampton Test, has pressed the Prime Minister to personally intervene in the government’s announced cuts to solar installations

Dr Whitehead asked the Prime Minister: “Just before the election the Prime Minister said his government would be the greenest ever.

“Does he still take this statement seriously, and if he does will he personally intervene to sort out the appalling chaos caused by the slashing of Feed-in Tariffs in 6 weeks time for solar PV, leading to substantial job losses, chaos in the solar PV industry and devastation for hundreds of community renewable projects?”

The Prime Minister made no reference to Feed-in Tariffs or solar PV in his reply.

Speaking after PMQs ended, Dr Whitehead said: “There is growing chaos in Government over energy policy, with trumpeted renewable and small scale green energy projects now increasingly being strangled at birth by the Treasury.

“This is exactly the type of departmental warfare that requires leadership from the Prime Minister to resolve.  It’s very disappointing that Mr Cameron chose not to show leadership on this issue today, but I’ll continue pressing him to step up to the challenge.”