Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns faced criticism at Oral Questions on Wednesday 13 June over the government’s handling of the decision on whether to provide support for the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon. Cairns said he would “really like the tidal lagoon to go ahead, but of course it must prove to be value for money”. Plaid Cymru’s Jonathan Edwards countered that “When he pulls the plug on the lagoon there will be huge public anger in Wales”. Questioned by Labour’s Christina Rees why the government would not back the lagoon on the same basis as Hinkley, Cairns stated that £92.50/MWh was “rightly highlighted as extremely expensive at the time”, with the tidal lagoon, under current proposals twice the price of nuclear. Cairns added the Welsh government’s commitment of £200mn was “merely a small fraction of the cost of the proposal.”