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Statutory footing formalises National Infrastructure Commission role

Inclusion of the National Infrastructure Commission in yesterday’s Queen’s speech as part of the Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill has been welcomed by the commission.

“Setting the commission on a statutory footing formalises and upholds its role and purpose, this is an important milestone,” said National Infrastructure Commission member Sir John Armitt, who is also currently president of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

“The mood in the commission is very positive, as we work towards developing proposals on the deployment of 5G and the Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford corridor. Critical work to identify the UK’s longer term infrastructure needs is also progressing, and the independent ICE led ‘national needs assessment’ - which will be provided to the commission in the autumn to support its own needs analysis - is currently being produced following a period of extensive evidence gathering across the UK.”

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