Prisk fuels hopes of construction boost

Grant Prior 13 years ago
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Construction Minister Mark Prisk increased hope of positive spending news for the industry at an ACE Parliamentary Reception last night.

Prisk said: “The construction sector has a key role to play in the recovery, which is why we are investing in infrastructure and taking action to remove barriers to growth in the sector.

“Our first ever National Infrastructure plan will see around 40 different projects starting very soon in everything from roads and rail, to power stations and flood defences, to give a real boost to the industry.

“But there’s no point in making this investment if rules and regulations are getting in the way. So we are also reforming Government procurement of major projects to strip out the bureaucracy and streamline the process, while also cutting the red tape in the planning regime through the National Planning Policy Framework.”

Nelson Ogunshakin, ACE chief executive said: “ACE welcomes the rise of infrastructure investment up the political agenda.

“It has continued to be a key focus this year we hope to see that continue as the Chancellor sets out more detailed plans for next year in the Autumn Statement on November 29.

“We have a long way to go but ACE will continue to support the growth agenda and government efforts to strengthen the economy.”

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