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State of the Nation sets the agenda at House of Commons debate

ICE's State of the Nation Report on Capacity and Skills was yesterday at the centre of a House of Commons Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) Oral Question on the contribution of the civil engineering industry to the development of UK infrastructure.

Drawing on the copy of the report which he held, Andrew Robathan MP (Cons, Blaby) highlighted the damaging effect of the UK government's unpredictable, stop-start approach to planning essential infrastructure projects and directly quoted ICE's concerns about projects competing for resources as well as the knock on costs for the UK taxpayer.

ICE President David Orr was also quoted during the Oral Questions session to the Secretary of State for BERR, by Gareth Thomas MP, responding that "There has rarely been a better time to be a civil engineer.

The UK is entering one of its strongest periods of infrastructure investment, and the civil engineering industry is experiencing one of its busiest times."

Mr Thomas ended the exchange with an invitation for industry to meet with him to further explore the skills and capacity crunch currently facing the UK's civil engineering industry.

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