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Your chance to question minister at conference

PLANT

PLANT industry workers will have the chance to grill Barry Gardiner, the Government's Competitiveness Minister, when he addresses the Construction Equipment Association agm and conference in London on April 6.

CEA chief executive Rob Oliver said: 'We need to engage with all parts of Government to ensure that our industry is not forgotten. The theme shows how we are mindful of worldwide trends while recognising the importance of standing up for our UK interests.' The conference will also include presentations on the global equipment outlook, exporting to North Americas, and the proposed safety regime for quarry equipment.

The equipment manufacturing and component industry has seen a number of business failures in the past few months, primarily due to high material and labour costs.