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BUDGET 2011: Government to publish quarterly forward construction project programme

The government has said it will “help contractors” by publishing a quarterly list of all construction projects where public funding has been agreed.

The plan is contained in the main Budget 2011 document, published after the Chancellor finished his speech.

It says: “To give industry the confidence to invest in economic infrastructure, the government will publish the UK’s long-term forward view of projects and programmes in autumn 2011 as part of the National Infrastructure Plan.

“The government will also enable building contractors to respond more effectively to emerging market opportunities by publishing quarterly, from autumn 2011, a rolling two-year forward programme of infrastructure and construction projects where public funding has been agreed.”

CECA director of external affairs Alasdair Reisner said: “The announcement of a two-year forward programme of publicly funded infrastructure and construction projects represents a huge victory for the industry, which has long campaigned for greater clarity over future opportunities.

“This move will benefit both industry and taxpayers, as companies will be able to better plan their resources to meet anticipated future opportunities, allowing contractors to invest in training and innovation.”

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