The new construction minister has been appointed at a crucial juncture in the industry’s history, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said in response to the announcement that Lord Prior has taken over responsibility for the construction portfolio at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
Brian Berry, chief executive of the FMB, said: “We welcome the appointment of Lord Prior, whose combination of political and professional experience should leave him well placed to forge the strong, collaborative relationship that is needed between industry and government. It’s undoubtedly an exciting time for the construction sector as we respond to the opportunities and challenges which stem from the recommendations made by the recent Farmer and Bonfield reviews.
“We are also in the midst of the government’s review of CITB, the outcome of which will decide the future of our industry training board. We look forward to working with the new Minister and ensuring that he understands fully the perspective of the small and micro construction firms which make up the vast bulk of our industry.”