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Group to look into PPPs


USE OF private sector finance and expertise to deliver public infrastructure faces intense scrutiny by a new high powered commission set up this week.

The Institute for Public Policy Research, a centre-left think tank whose work often influences Government policy, launched the new commission on Monday.

It will be headed by former Barclays Bank chief executive Martin Taylor and includes high ranking supporters and critics of public private partnerships. Its first report will be published in 2001.

Opponents to the PFI on the commission include Transport & General Workers Union national organiser Jack Dromey. Supporters include former Private Finance Panel member Dame Sheila Masters.

The commission will examine whether PPPs are the best way to pursue Government policy.

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