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David Davis’ speech introducing a Bill to make wind farms meet their responsibilities

I beg to move that leave be given to bring a Bill to require the Secretary of State to make provision about obligations on wind farm operators in respect of financial cover for potential liabilities arising from cause of public nuisance; and for connected purposes.

Wind farms are contentious. Some argue passionately that they are a great public good and the solution to global warming, and others equally passionately hold beliefs that they are a waste of money.

This Bill takes no side in that debate. It is narrowly defined about one aspect of public interest. It requires the operators of wind farms, who are in receipt of £797 million of public subsidy a year, to organise their affairs so that they are able to meet the costs of any nuisance imposed on people living near them.

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