This paper is the first in a series of discussion papers reviewing the Commission’s objectives. It focuses on the objective to ‘improve competitiveness’ and sets out the options for interpreting competitiveness, the evidence supporting each interpretation and its relevance to infrastructure, and how the Commission could measure how its recommendations contribute towards its objectives.

The paper identifies three ways in which infrastructure can contribute to competitiveness:

  • Improving access to markets: how infrastructure makes it easier and cheaper to trade by improving connectivity within the UK and with other countries
  • Improving access to mobile labour and capital
  • Supporting and being a source of globally significant clusters and assets.

The Commission welcomes comments on this discussion paper, including evidence on how infrastructure affects competitiveness and ways that the Commission could monitor and measure its impact.

Please send any comments to NICdiscussionpapers@nic.gov.uk by 30 September 2020.