CBI: Minerals
Business issues

Minerals

The industry contributes £5bn a year to the economy, providing direct and indirect employment for about 70,000 people

The UK's economic prosperity and growth depend on an adequate and steady supply of minerals for construction, electricity generation, manufacturing or new emerging economies.

350 million tonnes of minerals are extracted in the UK each year. The industry contributes £5bn a year to the economy, providing direct and indirect employment for about 70,000 people. Minerals constitute the largest material flow in the UK.

The CBI Minerals Group represents the mining and quarrying industry within the UK, including all major non-energy minerals and coal. Our main concern in the current economic climate is the increasing difficulty our industry is experiencing in securing access to minerals to ensure security of supply for the long term. Lead times are now typically 10-15 years from exploration to permitted production. To address this and many other issues of concern to us, we seek a better deal for the minerals industry from government comprising the following elements:

  • Recognition of the national strategic importance and the need to maintain security of supply of many minerals
  • A more effective interface between the industry and Government.
  • Recognition of the special circumstances regarding mineral supply in the review of the planning system.
  • More effective sponsorship of the industry.

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