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Government to create new infrastructure body to examine 50 year needs

Prime minister Gordon Brown today announced the formation of a new advisory body in the next year that will identify the country’s infrastructure needs for the next five to 50 years.

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

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

He added: “We are creating an environment in which it is attractive to invest in Britain’s infrastructure, ensuring a stable long-term framework and getting rid of the unnecessary planning delays and uncertainty that has often bedevilled our progress.”

Brown’s announcement follows on from the government’s recent initiative to create a new Infrastructure Planning Commission that aims to centralise planning for nationally significant infrastructure projects.

The body’s development will be headed up by Lord Davies of Abersoch - recently appointed minister for trade, investment and business in the newly-formed 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 the Autumn.

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