CBI responds to Queen's Speech

The CBI has responded to new legislation announced in The Queen's Speech during the State Opening of Parliament.

Josh Hardie, CBI Deputy Director-General, said: "Given the focus on the European Union referendum in this political cycle, it's particularly encouraging to see the Government's clear commitment to locking in growth, creating jobs and boosting investment to create a more prosperous society.

"Prioritising the digital revolution, which is transforming the face of modern business, is a key step to propelling the UK's productivity. Ensuring that broadband reaches all corners of the country will breed a new generation of companies in an increasingly competitive environment.

"We are already working closely with the Government on ensuring higher education gives students the best opportunities and skills, and on the devolution of business rates to drive regional growth. Further action to improve offender rehabilitation is an area where business will look forward to working with the Government.

"Whatever the outcome of the EU referendum, it's vital the Government ploughs ahead with the rest of its programme. In the near future, business is looking forward to hearing more on several key projects, from a new runway in the South East to the National Innovation Plan."

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