UPDATE: You can find the Growth Review document published jointly by HM Treasury and the Department for Businesss here. A quick skim through its pages suggests a collection of ‘already known’ initiatives with a short section at the back announcing a sector-by-sector consultation on barriers to growth. From what is in the document, it is not clear how this consultation or discussion is going to be co-ordinated as yet.
Earlier today I said…
If you have been reading the newspapers today you’ll know that the on/off again growth white paper is now going to emerge this afternoon as a discussion paper.
Seems likely – given what Willetts and others have been saying over the last six months – that there will be a section on life sciences although I might be wrong. Judging by the press reports the Government is going to ask different sectors to design a blueprint for driving growth in their area. In terms of the life sciences I would have thought that this is a given-job for the Office for Life Sciences which er …..produced a blueprint about 18 months ago now. I am not sure what comes after a blueprint.
Will post more about the impending Picassoesque blueprint era of economic planning by the Coalition Government as we know it.