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Former roads minister Robert Atkins has taken over from Tim Yeo as 'green' minister at the Department of the Environment.He will be responsible for countryside, energy efficiency and water issues. Mr Atkins was roads minister in 1989/90, and minister for sport in the education department from 1990 to 1992. Since the last election, he has been minister of state at the Northern Ireland office.Mr Yeo was forced to resign as a minister last week under pressure from Tories in his South Suffolk seat, after revelations that he fathered a child in an extra-marital affair.He was junior minister to Sir George Young for construction, housing and planning from 1990 to 1992.Meanwhile, the Earl of Caithness has resigned as government transport spokesman in the House of Lords following his wife's suicide last weekend. Lord Caithness was housing and planning minister in 1988/89 and was directly responsible for aviation and shipping at the DoT. CONSTRUCTION NEWS