FMB chief welcomes Lord Prior as new construction minister

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has welcomed the appointment of Lord David Prior as the Government's new construction minister.

The former health minister, who replaces Hereford MP Jesse Norman, takes over responsibility for the construction portfolio at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

And Brian Berry, chief executive of the FMB - the industry's largest trade association - says Lord Prior of Brampton's appointment comes at a crucial juncture in the industry’s history as the sector responds to the recommendations made by the recent Farmer and Bonfield reviews.

“We welcome the appointment of Lord Prior, whose combination of political and professional experience should leave him well placed to forge the strong, collaborative relationship that is needed between industry and Government," he said.

"It’s undoubtedly an exciting time for the construction sector as we respond to the opportunities and challenges which stem from the recommendations made by the recent Farmer and Bonfield reviews.

"We are also in the midst of the Government’s review of CITB, the outcome of which will decide the future of our industry training board.

Berry added: "We look forward to working with the new minister and ensuring that he understands fully the perspective of the small and micro construction firms which make up the vast bulk of our industry.”

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