… in Westminster
Who |National Infrastructure Commission; Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
Sir John Armitt (left), chairman of the UK's National Infrastructure Commission, and Kwasi Kwarteng MP (right), Secretary of State at the Department for BEIS
What did they say? | The independent UK National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have recently met ICE policy calls – on the importance of curbing greenhouse gas emissions and making assets resilient to climate change and how we finance new nuclear, respectively.
When | BEIS on 26 October; NIC on 15 November
… at ICE
Who | Helen Whately, Exchequer Secretary, HM Treasury
Helen Whately MP, UK minister for infrastructure.
What did they say? | The new UK minister for infrastructure outlined her priorities to industry leaders, following the Spending Review and COP26.
When | ICE Presidential Breakfast, 17 November 2021
From the past 3 months
Who | HM Treasury, Transport Committee, and Housing, Communities and Local Government (HCLG) Committee
Huw Merriman (left) and Clive Betts (right), chairs of the Transport and HCLG Committees, respectively.
What did they say? | The Treasury met ICE calls to include net-zero in the National Infrastructure Commission’s (NIC’s) remit.
Plus three separate Select Committee reports - two from the Transport Committee and one from the HCLG Committee – referenced ICE policy calls.
- On net zero: 'Institution of Civil Engineers fellow Jonathan Spruce explained that as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, “priorities will change … it is how you might accelerate certain things, like active travel, to help achieve your net zero ambitions. Just because a strategy is set does not mean that the programme of delivery should be set”.'
- On skills: 'Institution of Civil Engineers fellow Jonathan Spruce explained that because the UK did not have a long-term plan for electrification of the rail network, skills "disappeared from this country" and as a consequence "restarting that programme was really difficult". He added that an infrastructure "needs assessment" will be key to industry for "getting people of all shapes, sizes, genders and ethnicity ready to deliver the infrastructure we need to deliver a net carbon future".'
- On smart motorways: 'Many informed witnesses agreed with the government that the part-time use of the hard shoulder is confusing and that a consistent environment would be beneficial.'
When | Spending Review on 27 October; Transport Committee on 29 September and 2 November; HCLG Committee on 29 October
Who | Rachel Maclean, former UK Transport Minister
Rachel Maclean, former Transport Minister
What did they say? | “I noted ICE’s discussion paper with interest, in particular its observations that high quality public transport has a key role to play in reducing emissions, improving air quality and tackling congestion.”
When | Written Parliamentary Question, 15 September 2021
Why this matters | The then-transport minister supported ICE’s calls for an urgent debate on public transport funding post-pandemic.