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Industry minister takes on construction portfolio


NEWLY APPOINTED minister for industry and energy Brian Wilson has been given responsibility for the construction industry, it emerged this week.

Operating from within the Department of Trade & Industry, Wilson inherits the portfolio of former construction minister Nick Raynsford.

Wilson was set to be briefed this week on work to be undertaken by two new bodies established by Raynsford, the Strategic Forum for Construction, and the Safety Forum both to be chaired by Sir John Egan.

He said he will be talking to Sir John 'as a priority' to establish exactly what Egan needs to create a strategic body to take over from the Construction Industry Training Board and meet the safety brief.

Wilson has clocked up ministerial experience as minister of state at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office from January this year. He was minister of state at the Scotland Office during 1999 and chaired a Cabinet Office committee on trade policy issues.

From 1998-9 Wilson was minister for trade at the Department of Trade & Industry. He served as minister of state at the Scottish Office with responsibility for education and industry from May 1997 to July 1998.

Wilson has been MP for Cunninghame North, Ayrshire, since 1987.

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