MPA Again Highlights the Need for Government to Focus on Infrastructure Project Delivery
Commenting on the Chancellor's Conservative Party Conference speech, MPA Executive Director Jerry McLaughlin welcomed the Chancellor's announcement that existing plans for national road investment will be sustained over the next five years and the specific schemes announced but highlighted the importance of actually delivering projects.
"Consistency in long term investment programmes enables the supply chain to plan and supply more efficiently, particularly in the mineral products industry where planning cycles for new capacity such as quarries are very long term. We continue to call for much greater Government focus on the implementation and delivery of infrastructure programmes. The current national road programme (Road Investment Strategy, RIS1) is heavily backloaded, with persistent and continuing delays on planning and progressing schemes. This has significantly reduced supply chain confidence in the delivery of the programme. Unless such issues are resolved, there will remain an underlying lack of confidence in the delivery of the roads programme, even if the underlying policy is positive."
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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 530 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 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 and was the largest supplier to the construction industry, which had annual output valued at £152 billion. 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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