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All these new ministers will need single industry voice

If the messages the government has been sending out are to be believed, David Cameron has chosen his new cabinet ministers for their ability to push forward the implementation of existing policy - and this should be good news for the construction industry.

Any boost to those areas of government that will potentially be awarding a significant amount of work, particularly those affecting infrastructure and housing, is welcome.

And, after the mixed messages and no small amount of dithering around Heathrow expansion and the speed at which HS2 work will progress, clarity and speed are essential.

But there are a lot of new ministers with a lot of new jobs, all of which affect construction.

Mark Prisk is no longer construction minister - that brief looks as if it is going to former education minister Michael Fallon. Mr Prisk has been promoted to housing minister. This is good news in many ways - if anyone is going to understand just how important it is to boost housebuilding, it will be him.

But of course there will be a transitionary period while the new construction minister gets his head around the brief. It will be more important than ever for the industry to represent its interests to him with that single voice people hanker after, or it will not be heard at all.

In the meantime, there are also different politicians now in charge of infrastructure, nuclear, HS2 and aviation. Let’s hope this fresh blood is also a fresh statement of intent, that the government will do everything it can - and there is still more it can do - to get infrastructure projects large and small off the ground.

Our CN100 tables and analysis reveal this week that although profits are up, margins are down, and the industry needs every boost it can get.

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