Commenting on the announcement of a delay in a decision on Airport expansion, Terry Scuoler, Chief Executive of EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, said:
"By avoiding a tough decision, despite a well-evidenced shortlist, the government has again dithered and avoided the issue. Industry is fed-up and dismayed by the continued excuses and political dilly dallying.
"The indecision has handed an early Christmas gift to our competitors who recognise the vital importance to their economies of having the room and flexibility to grow air connections to major international gateways.
"It defies belief that having set a target to double our exports, the government is refusing to approve the extra air capacity to help it. We currently have enough uncertainty to deal with over our future in Europe and, other economic headwinds. This sends another very damaging signal to inward investors who will question exactly how far the UK really is ‘open for business’.
"This decision also raises questions around the certainty that can be attached to any future output of the National Infrastructure Commission. Manufacturers will be looking to the government to ensure greater rigour in future infrastructure policy analysis."