Labour plans infra commission legislation

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has announced plans to introduce legislation to create a new National Infrastructure Commission as proposed by the Armitt Review commissioned by the Labour Party.

In his speech to the National Housebuilding Council, Balls revealed he has asked review chairman Sir John Armitt to produce a white paper based on the report to set out in detail “the policy, administrative and legislative steps necessary to establish and operate a National Infrastructure Commission”.

He has also asked Armitt to prepare draft legislation to establish the commission, which Balls said would be vital to getting necessary infrastructure projects off the ground.

“For decades, successive governments have too often ducked and delayed the vital decisions we need to make on Britain’s long-term infrastructure,” said Balls.

The Armitt Review suggested a National Infrastructure Commission could plan up to 30 years in advance, free of party political meddling, and could ensure cross-party consensus on the long-term priorities for the UK’s infrastructure.