Update from Parliament
Last week began with BCC senior policy advisor Mike Spicer giving evidence to the Transport Select Committee on the government’s aviation strategy, with specific focus on aviation capacity in the UK. During the evidence session he highlighted the cost businesses are facing due to ongoing uncertainty over airport expansion. He also spoke about the need for additional runway capacity at Stansted, Heathrow and Gatwick. Representatives from Greater Manchester, Birmingham, Scotland and Liverpool Chambers also gave evidence to the select committee on the day.
The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill entered day seven in committee whilst the Energy Bill continued through committee stage last week. The BCC supports the thrust of this Bill and is working hard to ensure that business interests remain at the heart of government energy policy. This week the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards will to hold evidence sessions, and the Growth and Infrastructure Bill will continue through the House of Lords committee.