Ahead of this week's Queen's Speech, Dr Adam Marshall, Director of Policy and External Affairs at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

"Wednesday's Queen's Speech must be entirely and unashamedly focused on measures to boost economic growth and business investment. Given the importance of infrastructure to our future competitiveness, business is alarmed at reports that the bill enabling the construction of HS2 might be dropped from the Queen's Speech.

"Let us be clear. While Britain dithers over infrastructure, others do. The Government must not be allowed to duck the facts. Our railways are nearly full, our roads require investment, and we lack a clear aviation strategy. These facts must be addressed no matter how uncomfortable they may make ministers when they go out to seek votes on the doorstep.

"If companies across the land were writing the Queen's Speech, they would focus it exclusively on measures that generate confidence to invest and confidence to take on new workers. At a time when all attention must be focused on growth, any other considerations - especially electoral ones - must be secondary."

Notes to Editors

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) is the national voice of local business.

The BCC sits at the heart of a powerful nationwide network of Accredited Chambers of Commerce, serving over 100,000 businesses across the UK, which employ over five million people. For more information visit: www.britishchambers.org.uk

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