Ministers have been accused of rowing back on their green investment promises after announcing an initial investment in the offshore wind industry which is less than half the amount originally pledged. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Beis) has published details of a proposed contract to build a manufacturing facility for offshore wind power at a cost of up to £70m. It comes weeks after Boris Johnson unveiled his “10-point plan for a green industrial revolution” which included a promise to spend £160m “modern ports and manufacturing infrastructure”. The Government says that the full pledge still applies and will be detailed in due course, adding that claims of a funding cut are “completely untrue”. But officials are currently unable to say when further details will be announced and Labour accused ministers of “smoke and mirrors”.
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