Of course budgeting is about priorities: but the Comprehensive Spending Review decision seems short-termist and wrong.
The Government should recognise the critical role of natural gas in the drive to deliver both lower carbon emissions and lower energy bills.
They should have to show that changes to the civil service’s departmental structures serve the public interest rather than party political or personnel management goals.
DECC officials may be attracted to the idea of making a small saving tomorrow by agreeing to postpone further work. This temptation must be resisted.
It would bring coherence and skill to project implementation and management – and there are plenty of others to be abolished or amalgamated.