PM: We're in an economic war

David Cameron has told business leaders that "this country is in the economic equivalent of war today, we need the same spirit."

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Judicial reviews 'getting in the way of growth'

Prime Minister David Cameron promised to make it harder for opponents of developments to hold up planning decisions. Addressing the CBI conference Mr Cameron said:

"Government has been like someone endlessly writing a pros and cons list as an excuse not to do anything...this is not how we became one of the most successful nations in the world. It is not how you get things done." Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship reports:

PM: We are in the economic equivalent of war

David Cameron at the CBI conference Credit: ITV News

The Prime Minister David Cameron told the CBI conference that the government was committed to helping British businesses win "the global race". He said:

"I want every department in Whitehall to be a growth department. We need to throw everything we've got at winning this global race."

"This country is in the economic equivalent of war today, we need the same spirit."

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PM: Government often 'far too slow at getting stuff done'

David Cameron will admit that the Government is often "far too slow at getting stuff done" - saying officials are "over cautious" because of fears about the reaction of lobby groups and Commons select committee.

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. It's not how you get things done. So I am determined to change this.

When this country was at war in the 40s, Whitehall underwent a revolution. Normal rules were circumvented. Convention was thrown out. As one historian put it, everything was thrown at 'the overriding purpose' of beating Hitler.

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.

– DAVID CAMERON

PM wants to 'get a grip' of 'time-wasting' appeals

In a speech to business leaders at the CBI annual conference, David Cameron is expected to complain that judicial review had become a "massive growth industry" that was delaying action and costing taxpayers too much money.

We urgently needed to get a grip on this. So here's what we're going to do: reduce the time limit when people can bring cases; charge more for reviews - so people think twice about time-wasting.

And instead of giving hopeless cases up to four bites of the cherry to appeal a decision, we will halve that to two.

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