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CPA - letter to the Daily Telegraph


The Daily Telegraph

111 Buckingham Palace Road




1 October 2010


Dear Sir,


We the undersigned, representing the UK’s £50bn construction products industry and members of the Construction Products Association strongly support the need to address the country’s unprecedented budget deficit, but spending cuts and tax rises alone will not secure the long-term sustainable economic growth, which must be the ultimate goal. To achieve this, the government has recognised that we will need to commit £40-£50 billion per annum to investment on key infrastructure projects.  Such capital investment will also make a significant contribution to rebalance the economy and stimulate growth. Independent research has shown, for example, that for every £1 invested in construction projects an additional £2.84 of economic activity is generated.


Whilst current expenditure is forecast to continue to rise from £601bn in 2009/10 to £679bn in 2013/14, it is estimated that £42bn will be taken out of public buildings and infrastructure. By then, public sector investment will have fallen to 1.4% of GDP, significantly less than the 2.25% below which the condition of the country’s built assets will deteriorate. 


To secure long-term economic growth, it is essential that in the forthcoming Comprehensive Spending Review the government focuses its capital expenditure on those projects that will do most to stimulate economic recovery and meet our climate change commitments. High on this list must be investments in the transport network, the long term security of our energy supply, higher quality education facilities, and the increased energy efficiency of our existing built environment.


Failure to act in this way will harm the international competitiveness of business, increase long-term costs for future maintenance and replacement of essential assets, and reduce the prospects of a private sector led recovery on which the UK’s future so critically depends.


Bill Bolsover


Construction Products Association


Alain Bourguignon

Chief Executive

Aggregate Industries


Martyn Coffey


Baxi Division


Gonzaldo Galindo

President – UK Operations

Cemex UK



Wayne Sheppard

Business Group Managing Director

CRH Europe Clay and GB Concrete


Patrick O’Shea

Chief Executive

Hanson UK


Gene Murtagh

Chief Executive Officer

Kingspan Group plc


John Sinfield

Managing Director

Knauf Insulation Northern Europe


Dyfrig James

Regional President (North and Central Europe) Lafarge Aggregates Ltd


Martin Turner

Managing Director

Marley Eternit Ltd


Graham Holden

Chief Executive

Marshalls plc


David Pinder

Managing Director BP UK & SE Region

Pilkington UK Limited


David Hall

Chief Executive

Polypipe Group


Hans Schrueder

Managing Director

Rockwool Limited


Peter Hindle MBE

General Delegate

Saint-Gobain UK, Ireland and South Africa


Chris Davies

Chief Executive

SIG plc


Terry Last

Chief Executive Officer

Tarmac Limited


Calum Forsyth

Managing Director

Wavin Limited


Richard Soper

Managing Director

Bosch Thermotechnology (UK)


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