Severn barrage 'dead in the water' for now, says MP Peter Hain
NEATH MP Peter Hain said he believed proposals for a Severn barrage were "dead in the water" during the current Parliament.
Hafren Power wants to build an 11-mile barrage between Lavernock Point near Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, and Brean near Weston-super-Mare, Somerset.
Labour's Mr Hain is one of the scheme's key proponents.
He told BBC Radio Wales today: "It (the UK Government) refuses to say whether it backs it or opposes it.
"In practice it's put it into the long grass and therefore as far as this Parliament is concerned it is dead in the water but not as far as the future is concerned."
In June, MPs said Hafren had failed to make the case that the £25billion barrage would be good for the economy or the environment.
Supporters of the scheme argue the tidal barrage could generate 5 per cent of the UK's electricity.
Earlier this year, former Welsh Secretary Mr Hain said the time had come to press ahead and build the Severn barrage as the proposal has been "studied to death".