Britain's infrastructure challenge
Lord Deighton, Commercial Secretary to The Treasury
Many businesses are concerned that, over a considerable period, the UK has neglected infrastructure planning and investment. According to Lord Deighton, the commercial secretary to the Treasury, who was appointed to oversee the coalition's infrastructure investment strategy, the government needs to be much clearer about the objectives of its economic growth policy and focus on infrastructure schemes that really matter. Furthermore, its plans need to be underpinned by a strategy which gets the vision. In his words: "Government's role is to create the right environment for investors so that they can make the right decisions and their investments provide good rates of return." Come and hear Lord Deighton expand on his views and their implications, and discuss progress in turning them into concrete actions.
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