The IET Transport, Energy, Communications and Devolved Regions Policy Panels have responded jointly to the National Infrastructure Commissions consultation on the governance of the NIC.
The response was produced in conjunction with the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE), the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA), the Construction Products Association (CPA), the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) in order to have a greater impact.
Our joint response noted that the long term assessment of the UK’s infrastructure needs and strategic vision for the UK’s infrastructure networks is the most essential area of work for the Commission and where it can provide the most value to Government and the wider public. The long term strategy should underpin any shorter term recommendations or reviews the Commission will also make.
The credibility of the Commission, and its potential to build confidence in the long-term future of the UK’s infrastructure planning, will be strongly linked to how the Government of the day responds to any advice that it provides. It is therefore important that in the event the Commission’s advice is not accepted or acted upon by the Government, the reasons are clearly transparent and such decision is made accountable to Parliament.
Submission Details Submitted on 17 March 2016 to National Infrastructure Commission