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.'