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ICE launches All Party Parliamentary Group

ICE vice president Scott Steedman joined Nick Raynsford MP last week to launch the All Party Parliamentary Group on Infrastructure (APPGI) at a special reception at Portcullis House in Westminster.

The event marked the creation of the APPGI, which brings together parliamentarians and senior industry representatives to discuss the issues surrounding infrastructure investment, planning and delivery.

MPs and senior industry figures attended the reception and heard Raynsford stress how important it was for civil engineering to make its voice heard at Westminster.

Steedman formally unveiled the results of an ICE survey which revealed the public believed public transport was the priority for infrastructure investment.

The APPGI was formed in November 2008 following a select committee investigation into construction and skills and currently has a membership of more than 40 parliamentarians.

The group aims to highlight the importance of infrastructure to the economy and to society and to arrange a programme of visits to sites and invite expert speakers to inform members. Its first visit will be to Crossrail in March.

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