New business minister Michael Fallon has been confirmed as taking over outgoing construction minister Mark Prisk’s brief within the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Mr Fallon was confirmed as a new BIS minister as part of prime minister David Cameron’s reshuffle of his cabinet this week, a move which saw Mr Prisk named housing minister.
Leaders of the Creating Britain’s Future campaign for recognition of the construction industry have already written to Mr Fallon seeking his support, as revealed by CN this week.
Among Mr Fallon’s briefs will be a focus on
- Small business, enterprise and access to finance
- The low-carbon economy
- The 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; and Matthew Hancock is under secretary for skills (in a joint role with the Department for Education). Lord Marland is a Parliamentary under secretary.