ICE hails NIC statutory footing in Queen's Speech

ICE commented on the inclusion of the National Infrastructure Commission, announced in the Queen’s speech today (Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill)

Sir John Armitt, Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) President and member of the National Infrastructure Commission, said:

“Setting the Commission on a statutory footing formalises and upholds its role and purpose, this is an important milestone.

“The mood in the Commission is very positive, as we work towards developing proposals on the deployment of 5G and the Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford corridor. Critical work to identify the UK’s longer term infrastructure needs is also progressing, and the independent ICE led ‘national needs assessment’ - which will be provided to the Commission in the autumn to support its own needs analysis - is currently being produced following a period of extensive evidence gathering across the UK.”

Notes to editors

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is a leading source of professional expertise in transport, water supply and treatment, flood management, waste and energy. Established in 1818, it has 91,000 members, 25% of whom are based overseas. ICE’s vision is to place civil engineering at the heart of society, delivering sustainable development through knowledge, skills and professional expertise. ICE has long worked with the government of the day to help it to achieve its objectives, and has worked with industry to ensure that construction and civil engineering remain major contributors to the UK economy.