PM's war against bureaucracy
David Cameron has used a major speech to the CBI to lash out against Whitehall bureaucracy.
Speaking at the CBI annual conference, the Prime Minister announced plans to restrict judicial review, which he says is slowing down the Government's ability to make sweeping changes.
Mr Cameron said: "Government has been like someone endlessly writing a ‘pros and cons’ list as an excuse not to do anything at all.
"Consultations, impact assessments, audits, reviews, stakeholder management, securing professional buy-in, complying with EU procurement rules, assessing sector feedback. This is not how we became one of the most powerful, prosperous nations on earth."
The Prime Minister outlined his priorities for reducing bureaucracy.
He spoke of "cutting back on judicial reviews, reducing government consultations, streamlining European legislation, stopping the gold-plating of legislation at homem and quite simply: getting our roads and railways built more quickly."
Mr Cameron praised some civil servants but insisted: "Whitehall has become too risk-averse."
The Prime Minister ended his speech with an attempt to invoke the spirit of Winston Churchill.
He said: "When this country was at war in the 40s, Whitehall underwent a revolution... Well, this country is in the economic equivalent of war today – and we need the same spirit.
"We need to forget about crossing every ‘t’ and dotting every ‘i’. And we need to throw everything we’ve got at winning in this global race."
CBI director general John Cridland told the Today programme that the Prime Minister's focus in addressing bureaucracy should be on reforming the planning system and curbing judicial reviews.
Speaking ahead of the speech, he said: "I hope we're going to hear from the Prime Minister today that he's going to get the blockages in the planning system, the judicial reviews, out out the way so that things the country needs can get built."