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Contractors welcome government consultation on Chief Construction Officer

The Civil Engineering Contractors Association has welcomed the move to issue a consultation on the potential role of a Chief Construction Officer.

The Chief Construction Officer would serve as the main point of engagement between the construction industry and Government and would work across departments.

The position was first put forward by the House of Commons Business and Enterprise Committee as a response to what it saw as a fragmented approach to overseeing construction policy.

The post, as outlined in the Select Committee Report, would signal a positive step forward in the way that the construction industry and the Government work to achieve common ends, as well as underpinning a new approach to efficiency in public spending.

CECA Director Rosemary Beales commented: "For a long time Construction has not received the central attention that befits an industry of its size and importance, so this consultation signals an overdue recognition of the positive impact the construction industry has on all areas of society.

“CECA will stress that the level of the appointment is crucial - in order to be effective any Chief Construction Officer must be able to reach across Whitehall and Westminster, engage with the industry and be empowered to deliver the potential efficiencies that the current fragmentation of construction policy inhibits.”

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