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Disappointment as Griffiths moves on from construction job

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There was disappointment this week at the departure from the old DTI of construction minister Nigel Griffiths. He was promoted to deputy leader of the Lords in Tony Blair's post election reshuffle.

It was unclear who would take on his job as NCE went to press, four days after the reshuffle began.

'Griffiths has been good in terms of recognising the significance of the construction industry and giving up quite a bit of his time to the industry, ' said Construction Industry Council chairman Graham Watts.

The new DPEI was unable to confirm whether responsibility for construction would go to Griffith's replacement Barry Gardiner.

The Department for Transport saw wholesale junior ministerial changes during the reshuffle, although Alistair Darling remains secretary of state.

Stephen Ladyman, Derek Twigg and Karen Buck are the new transport ministers but their responsibilities had still to be announced as NCE went to press.

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