Mark Prisk has been confirmed as construction minister in the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.
He had been a shadow business minister since David Cameron became leader of the Party in December 2005, and by the end of the 2010 Parliament had a brief covering small business, regional development, competition policy, the construction and property sectors and consumer policy. He was also the shadow minister for Cornwall.
Contractors welcomed the appointment.
“CECA is pleased to see that Mark Prisk will be Minister responsible for construction, continuing in what was his role as a shadow minister,” said Civil Engineering Contractors Association national director Rosemary Beales.
“Mark has a rapport with the industry and we look forward to working with him and the coalition administration, which faces a number of tough challenges including balancing spending cuts with the need to invest in infrastructure, especially transport and energy, so that it can enable a sustainable, low carbon economic recovery.
“The country needs Government and the construction industry to work closely together in the coming years and we are confident Mark will respond positively to this
In Parliament Prisk has campaigned against the construction of a second runway at Stansted. He is a trustee of the Industry & Parliament Trust and takes a special interest in political and economic links with China, Hong Kong, Germany, Italy and the USA.
Before entering Parliament he advised a wide range of professional firms in the markets for property, construction and environmental services both in the UK and abroad on strategic marketing and communications. He previously worked as a marketing director and surveyor for various property development companies.