Select Committee on Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Minutes of Evidence

Examination of Witnesses (Questions 140 - 143)



  Q140  Dr Turner: Once a developer is a presumed candidate, presumably once they have achieved their successful three months' operation they then call on the fund, is that correct?

  Mrs Rhodes: That is right. As I say, we are not designing to trip people up here, we are very keen to spend this money, but we are very certain that we need to spend it in the right way.

  Q141  Dr Turner: It is £50 million as I recall.

  Mrs Rhodes: It is £50 million. We have used it to fund things like the EMEC up in Orkney, the marine energy centre.

  Q142  Dr Gibson: Scotland again.

  Mrs Rhodes: Absolutely, it is where a lot of this resource is.

  Q143  Chairman: There is a lot of water. Sarah, I do not mean to stop you there but it would be useful if we could have a brief note to say how many applications there have been from companies that have had their three months in the water and who are then applying to you for grants through this fund. That would be useful to get some idea of the scale of it.

  Mrs Rhodes: Absolutely. I will send that to you with the report of the Renewables Board.

  Chairman: Thank you very much indeed. On that very, very positive note could we thank you, Sarah Rhodes, Dr Michael Duggan and Professor David Delpy, for your time this morning. I am sorry it has been a fast canter through but we have very much appreciated your evidence this morning. Thank you very much.

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