Hereford MP Jesse Norman has been given ministerial responsibility for construction and infrastructure.
He was one of several MPs brought into the new Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, led by business secretary Greg Clark.
Mr Norman was elected as the MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire in May 2010. His official title will be energy and industry minister.
His role will also include ministerial responsibility for rail supply chains, technology, and assisting the energy minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe with nuclear policy.
Mr Norman was a prominent critic of PFI and started a parliamentary PFI Rebate campaign in an attempt to recoup costs for taxpayers.
In a debate on the national infrastructure plan in 2013, Mr Norman described PFI as “the greatest catastrophe in infrastructure procurement over the past 20 years”.
He asked the then chief secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, to ”reassure the House that the evils of PFI under Labour will never be repeated in this new round of investments”.
In 2011, Mr Norman wrote a column for the Daily Telegraph in which he criticised the costs charged by PFI contractor Bam on the North Bromsgrove High School.
He said: ”The Private Finance Initiative, to give its full title, has been an enormously costly, inflexible and non-transparent way to procure and manage public infrastructure. Started under John Major as a means to draw private finance and expertise into the public services, it expanded tenfold under Messrs Blair and Brown, as “the only game in town”.
“The result has been a toxic legacy of £200 billion in debt, which will last a generation.”
In the same column, the Hereford MP advocated the creation of a national infrastructure fund.
The coalition government created PF2 to replace PFI, but the takeup has been limited among public sector departments to-date.
Mr Norman declined to campaign for either side in the EU referendum and stayed neutral.
He was the former chairman of the culture, media and sport select committee and has played trumpet for a parliamentary jazz band.
Jesse Norman’s responsibilities include:
- Industrial policy (supporting the minister for climate change and industry)
- Infrastructure / construction
- Professional services
- Rail supply chain
- Energy policy (supporting the minister for energy and intellectual property)
- Oil and gas, including shale gas