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Unite hails construction chief plan

The Government's plan to appoint a Chief Adviser on construction has been welcomed by Unite.

Britain's biggest union said the move would come as a major boost to an industry that 'creates thousands of jobs and is hugely important to the economy'.

Les Bayliss, Unite's assistant general secretary, said: 'The announcement signals that the Government is taking the co-ordination of the activities of the UK construction industry seriously and we look forward to a positive relationship with the person who successfully fills this position.'

The primary responsibilities of the new Chief Construction Adviser will include promoting innovation and sustainability, and creating a skills base that will help the industry become more competitive.

The independent authority will report to the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, and Treasury ministers.

Ian Lucas, the business minister with responsibility for construction, said: 'We have taken our time to get the role right to ensure that it fits well with a range of new and existing initiatives.

'But I have heard the calls from the Construction Industry loud and clear since my appointment in June. We are now pressing hard ahead with recruiting. I want to see a high quality individual in place by November'.