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Cabinet reshuffle has implications for building services

Last week’s changes to the cabinet has seen a number of new appointments for ministers with responsbility for various areas of the building services sector.

Energy minister Charles Hendry has been replaced by Tory MP John Hayes.

Mr Hayes has not been noted for his support of renewable energy and was quoted by the BBC in 2009 to have said: “Renewable energy needs to pass the twin tests of environmental and economic sustainability and wind power fails on both counts.”

With the government currently involved in a number of forthcoming initiatives, including the Green Deal and next year’s launch of the Renewable Heat Incentive, Mr Hayes’ influence will be closely watched by the industry.

New business minister Michael Fallon has been confirmed as taking over outgoing construction minister Mark Prisk’s brief within the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Mr Fallon was confirmed as a new BIS minister last week, a move which saw Mr Prisk named as housing minister.

Leaders of the Creating Britain’s Future campaign for recognition of the construction industry, have already written to Mr Fallon seeking his support.

Among Mr Fallon’s briefs will be a focus on small business, enterprise and access to finance; the low-carbon economy; the Olympic legacy; and regional and local economic development (including Grants for Business Investment).

Business secretary Vince Cable will continue to take overall responsibility for BIS’ budget, strategy and policies.

David Willetts has been named minister for universities and science; Lord Green is minister for trade and investment; Jo Swinson is parliamentary under secretary for employment relations and consumer affairs; while Matthew Hancock is under secretary for skills (in a joint role with the Department for Education). Lord Marland is a Parliamentary under secretary.

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