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Consultation

National Infrastructure Commission for Wales

Response to the consultation

Evidence submitted in response to this Consultation

Purpose of the consultation

The Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee carried out an inquiry into the Welsh Government’s proposed establishment of a National Infrastructure Commission for Wales.

 

Graphic setting out period of consultation: 17 November for 3 weeks

 

Summary

The aims of the inquiry were to obtain clarity for stakeholders on how the Welsh Government proposes to take the Infrastructure Commission forward, to influence the development of the Welsh Government policy in this area, and to make meaningful recommendations to the Government.

 

Background

The Welsh Government launched its consultation document – A National Infrastructure Commission for Wales – on the 17 October 2016. It sets out a proposal to establish a National Infrastructure Commission for Wales within the next 12 months, and asks a series of questions.

 

The Commission will provide expert and technical advice on a long-term strategy for investment in economic infrastructure, looking up to 30 years ahead but not revisiting decisions already made.  It will need to consider recommendations of other bodies that have a statutory role relating to infrastructure and will work in a way that incorporates the principles of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. 

 

The Committee sought views on:

  • What the role, remit and objectives of the Commission should be;
  • How the Commission should operate, and what methodologies it should adopt for conducting its work;
  • How the Commission should be governed and funded to ensure its independence from the Welsh Government;
  • Examples of UK and international best practice that the Commission could learn from;
  • How the work of the Commission should incorporate the principles of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015;
  • How and to what extent the work of the Commission should influence Welsh Government decision making and prioritisation of infrastructure projects;
  • How the work of the Commission should interact with regional infrastructure priorities and City/Growth Deals; and
  • What relationship the Commission should have with the UK Government’s Commission on cross-border issues and infrastructure in areas that are partially devolved

It is our intention to complete our work in time to contribute to the Welsh Government’s consultation and future development of this area.

 

Evidence

The committee requested evidence from a range of experts, both in Wales and around the World.

 

We were keen to hear from the engineering and construction sectors, businesses, the environmental sector, UK and international infrastructure commissions and local government.

 

In addition to formal evidence sessions which started on 17 November 2016, the Committee held an informal stakeholder discussion event to gather further views.

 

Providing written evidence

The Committee welcomes written contributions in English or Welsh, and asks organisations with Welsh Language policies or schemes to provide bilingual submissions, in line with their public information policies.

 

Submissions should be no longer than five sides of A4, with numbered paragraphs, and should focus on matters set out above. Please see guidance for those providing evidence for committees.

 

Please send your views to:  SeneddEIS@assembly.wales by 30 November 2016. It may not be possible to take into account responses received after this date.

 

Disclosure of information

Please ensure that you have considered the Assembly’s policy on disclosure of information before submitting information to the Committee.

Should you wish to speak to someone regarding this consultation, please use the below contact details:

 

 

Contact details

Should you wish to speak to someone regarding this consultation, please use the below contact details:

Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee
National Assembly for Wales
Pierhead Street
Cardiff
CF99 1NA

Email: SeneddEIS@assembly.wales

 

 

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