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The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has spoken out regarding the appointment of a new Construction Minister, who arrives at a very important moment in the industry’s history, according to Brian Berry, chief executive of the FMB.

Lord Prior has taken over the reins of responsibility for the UK’s construction portfolio at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy at a key time following the outcomes of the recent Farmer and Bonfield reviews.

The Conservative peer replaces Jesse Norman, who spent less than six months in the role before moving on to become Energy Minister. Lord Prior will have a wide-ranging brief including the national infrastructure and construction policy, as well as the industrial strategy and involvement with the EU single market.

 “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,” said Prior.

“It’s undoubtedly an exciting time for the construction sector as we respond to the opportunities and challenges which stem from the recommendation 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.”

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