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What's in the cabinet's infrastructure in-tray: the top three items

Prime minister David Cameron this week revealed his cabinet as he formed the first purely Conservative government for 18 years. Here is NCE’s at-a-glance guide to what the leading politicians for infrastructure have on their plates.

George Osborne, chancellor

  • Unveiling the first National Infrastructure Plan for Skills
  • Setting in motion plans for an elected mayor for Greater Manchester
  • Drumming an investment decision out of EdF regarding Hinkley Point

Patrick McLoughlin, transport secretary

  • Moving ahead with the soon to be recommended airport expansion plan for the south east
  • Pushing High Speed 2 through into full-on delivery mode
  • Ensuring the newly formed Highways England comes good on significant investment plans

Elizabeth Truss, environment secretary

  • Reducing air pollution
  • Enforcing sustainable urban drainage rules and managing flood risk
  • Supporting the Thames Tideway Tunnel

Amber Rudd, energy and climate change secretary

  • Conitinuing the energy market reforms to meet targets without over burdening tax or bill payers.
  • Helping to steer renewable mega projects such as Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon.
  • Keeping the mammoth new nuclear programme on track

Sajid Javid, business secretary

  • Ensure construction industry is BIM level 2 compliant
  • Reduce the skills gap
  • Manage labour relations fairly


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