David Cameron confirms no more wind farm subsidies at first PMQs

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Plans to build new wind farms in England and Wales have been dealt a blow after Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed the government is ruling out future subsidies.

Montgomeryshire Tory MP Glyn Davies asked Mr Cameron during the first Prime Minister's Questions of the new government, whether he was standing by his pledge to end future subsidies for onshore wind.

Mr Cameron said he wanted to "be clear" that there would be no further subsidies and congratulated Mr Davies on his re-election.

He said: "I am very glad to see my honourable friend back in his place. He campaigned very hard on this in the last Parliament and in our manifesto we were very, very clear that there will be no more subsidies for onshore windfarms.

"It is time to give local people the decisive say. That is what will happen in England, in Wales - obviously the subsidy regime will be changed because it is a reserved issue, so I think that his desire has now been met."

Mr Davies had asked: "Does the Prime Minister agree that any onshore windfarm proposal not already granted planning permission should not expect to receive any public subsidy?"

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