HIGH Peak MP Andrew Bingham has embarked on a nationwide tour of UK quarrying operations this week in a bid to promote better understanding between Parliament and Industry.
Part of an Industry Parliament Trust (IPT) Fellowship programme in partnership with East Midlands business, Aggregate Industries’, Mr Bingham will visit operations in Cornwall, Somerset, London and the East Midlands including Topley Pike quarry on the outskirts of Buxton.
The programme will see Mr Bingham gain further understanding of the quarrying and construction sector including the use of recycled materials and sustainable transport.
Andrew said: “Quarrying provides so many jobs in my constituency that I want to understand as much about the industry as I can. The IPT provides this opportunity and I am grateful to Aggregate Industries for providing me with the chance to see so much at first hand. “I hope I can give them an insight into the workings of Parliament whilst at the same time listen to their experiences in what is a tough economic climate and issues that affect not just their company but right across the quarrying industry.”
Colin Parke, Regional Director from Aggregate Industries said: “It is fantastic to welcome Mr Bingham to operations across the UK as part of his fellowship with the IPT. Times are still really tough for the construction sector, along with many other industries, and a partnership approach with Government is crucial in the return to economic growth.
“The Fellowship programme provides a mutual, non-political platform for both parties to gain insight into the day to day drivers for both the quarrying industry and Parliament.”
Visits to the East Midlands are scheduled for October 2011.