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Brown to identify UK infrastructure needs

Prime minister Gordon Brown this week said that he was setting up a new advisory body to identify the country’s infrastructure needs for the next five to 50 years.

Brown set out his plans in a new policy document Building Britain’s Future, which is being dubbed as an early election manifesto.

It included many reissued proposals announced in the last Budget such as cutting carbon emissions, investigating a northsouth high speed rail line and a new funding mechanism for four carbon capture and storage demonstration projects.

“Infrastructure UK will increase the efficiency with which projects are taken forward.”

Gordon Brown

Brown said the new advisory body − called Infrastructure UK − will “improve the country’s infrastructure and so increase the efficiency with which projects are taken forward”.

The new body is intended to complement the establishment of the Infrastructure Planning Commission which will centralise planning for nationally significant infrastructure projects.

Its development will be headed up by recently appointed trade, investment and business minister Lord Davies of Abersoch whose remit falls within the new Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Full details of the new body will be announced and a chair appointed in time for the Pre Budget Report in November.

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