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Industry welcomes return to DTi

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CONSULTANTS AND contractors have welcomed the overnment's decision to drop the Department of Energy, oductivity & Industry and revert back to the Department of Trade and Industry.

The British Consultants & Construction Bureau was furious at the decision to drop trade from the title of the department. It feared it was a sign that promotion of overseas trade had been further downgraded.

K construction exports would suffer as a result, they warned (News last week).

New secretary of state Alan Johnson is reported to have requested the name change in a meeting with the prime minister.

Meanwhile, the decision to give responsibility for the construction industry to Alan Michael, a minister of state, has been widely welcomed.

Construction was previously the responsibility of a junior minister, Nigel Griffiths.

'We will be looking to the overnment to place a higher value on the interests and concerns of the construction industry, ' said Civil Engineer ing Contractors Association director Rosemary Beales.

'The industry has lost a lot of confidence in the government's willingness to deliver on its infrastructure agenda over the last two years and we want to see a clear commitment to reversing this trend.'

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