Infrastructure (Financial Assistance) Bill
Damian Collins (Folkestone and Hythe, Conservative)
I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for giving way. He is being very generous with his time.
The planning system has an important part to play. Two years ago, the local authority gave Lydd airport, which is in my constituency, permission to expand. A private investor is willing to pour in millions of pounds so that the work can start immediately, but the decision is still locked up in the planning system awaiting the Secretary of State’s approval. Is there any advice that my right hon. Friend can give his colleagues in the Government that might make it easier for people to invest in the kind of infrastructure that he is describing?