Spending Review: “Delivery On Promises and Plans Is Vital”
The Mineral Products Association (MPA) has cautiously welcomed the Chancellor’s announcements in the Spending Review but stressed that delivery is vital. The key announcements for MPA members included investment in roads, rail, and longer-term spending on bringing forward CCUS, nuclear and hydrogen all of which provide a pipeline of demand and support our industry’s transition to net zero. However, experience over recent years of ambitions not being met tempers our confidence in the plans announced today.
Improving delivery is vital, and the National Infrastructure Strategy sets out welcome reforms to help achieve this, with changes to environmental regulations and the planning system.
Responding to the Chancellor’s Spending Review, Nigel Jackson, Chief Executive of the Mineral Products Association (MPA) said:
“Increased ambition from Government on new, better and improved infrastructure is always welcome, but it is the realisation of those ambitions, evidenced with actual delivery on the ground, that will be crucial and the true measure of success. We welcome the plans to improve delivery and will keep pressing Government to ensure they come to fruition.
“As the Government itself recognises, the country needs to build itself back to strengthen the recovery from the economic impact of Covid-19. Our industry is essential to this process and unfortunately, we have seen dithering and delay on the delivery of major projects and infrastructure for far too long.
“Government plans have to be credible and deliverable or they simply won’t be worth the paper they are written on; we will be scrutinising the details following today’s statement with keen interest.
“In our submission to the Treasury, ahead of today’s announcement, we called for a focus on delivery on infrastructure and we are glad to see that recognised in the National Infrastructure Strategy. We also set out some of the long-term decisions needed now to support the industry achieve net zero so progress on these is welcome.”
About the Mineral Products Association:
The Mineral Products Association (MPA) is the trade association for the aggregates, asphalt, cement, concrete, dimension stone, lime, mortar and silica sand industries. With the affiliation of British Precast, the British Association of Reinforcement (BAR), Eurobitume, MPA Northern Ireland, MPA Scotland and the British Calcium Carbonate Federation, it has a growing membership of 520 companies and is the sectoral voice for mineral products. MPA membership is made up of the vast majority of independent SME quarrying companies throughout the UK, as well as the 9 major international and global companies. It covers 100% of UK cement and lime production, 90% of GB aggregates production, 95% of asphalt and over 70% of ready-mixed concrete and precast concrete production. In 2016, the industry supplied £18 billion worth of materials and services to the Economy. It is also the largest supplier to the construction industry, which had annual output valued at £169 billion in 2018. Industry production represents the largest materials flow in the UK economy and is also one of the largest manufacturing sectors. For more information visit: www.mineralproducts.org
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