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Fallon confirmed as construction minister in BIS reshuffle

New business minister Michael Fallon will take over from outgoing construction minister Mark Prisk’s brief within the Department for Business.

Fallon was confirmed as a new minister as part of prime minister David Cameron’s reshuffle of his cabinet this week, a move which saw Prisk named as housing minister.

Among Fallon’s policy areas will be Olympic legacy and regional development.

According to the AJ’s sister magazine Construction News, leaders of the Creating Britain’s Future campaign for recognition of the construction industry, have already written to Fallon seeking his supportas revealed by CN this week.

Fallon’s policy responsibilities:

  • Small business, enterprise and access to finance
  • Low carbon economy
  • Olympic legacy
  • Regional and local economic development (including Grants for Business Investment)

Business secretary Vince Cable will continue to take overall responsibility for BIS’ budget, strategy and policies.

David Willetts has been named minister for universities and science; Lord Green is minister for trade and investment; Jo Swinson is parliamentary under secretary for employment relations and consumer affairs, while Matthew Hancock is under secretary for skills (in a joint role with the Department for Education). Lord Marland is a Parliamentary under secretary.

 

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