Lord Henley appointed as construction minister

Lord Henley, who until June was a junior minister at the Department for Work and Pensions, has been appointed as construction minister.

His appointment comes as Lord Prior leaves after less than a year, having taken up the role in January this year as a replacement for Jesse Norman. Lord Prior is the third construction minister to leave in the last 18 months. His reason for leaving is to take up a chairman role at University College London Hospitals.

Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), commented on the appointment:

“We welcome Lord Henley to the position of Construction Minister. Lord Henley is clearly an experienced Minister who will be able to bring to bear knowledge and understanding gained in a number of other Government departments. Construction is a key strategic industry, with particular needs, and it is important that the Minister assigned to the industry recognises this. His work with the Construction Leadership Council will be important, but we will also expect him to remain aware that the vast majority of the industry’s employment and activity is undertaken by small and micro companies. A comprehensive strategy for the future of the industry needs to include these firms and provide a roadmap for the ongoing professionalisation of the wider industry.”