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MPA supports PM’s pledge to ‘build a better Britain’

Theresa May

Association sets out case for early commitment to construction investment in letter to new Prime Minister

THE Mineral Products Association (MPA) has written to the new Prime Minister, the Rt Hon. Theresa May MP, setting out the case for an early commitment to infrastructure and housing investment from the new Government.

The representations highlight the industry’s continuous commitment to help the new Government deliver its emerging agenda for the UK, and calls for early decisions on major infrastructure projects such as HS2, Hinkley Point, the third runway in the South East, the Swansea Tidal Lagoon and the Northern Powerhouse and Midland Engine, which could stimulate the economy and build confidence for both domestic and inward investment. 

 

The Association says the mineral products sector is critical to the delivery of the Government’s plans to build more homes and renew critical national transport and energy infrastructure, as well as repairing and maintaining local roads, schools and hospitals, with every £1.00 invested in construction generating nearly £3.00 in total economic activity.

Following the EU referendum result, the mineral products sector is keen to ensure that the economy reaches its real potential and that the construction sector regains its previous momentum. 

MPA chief executive Nigel Jackson said: ‘We are urging the Prime Minister to reconfirm existing commitments to infrastructure capital expenditure and to accelerate key decisions required to convert aspiration into progress on the ground.

‘Continuing supplies of sustainable mineral products will be required and existing efforts by government to reduce UK planning and environmental ‘red tape’ are welcomed, as will an effective review of the impact of EU regulations.

‘The mineral products sector is a vital part of the solution in delivering key infrastructure projects. We will continue to work with Ministers and officials to discuss how we can maximize the contribution our industry can make to the UK economy and our way of life, and ‘build a better Britain’ in a better Europe.’

 

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