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Public Appointments

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what duties the new Chief Construction Officer will have. (292969)

The duties of the chief construction adviser will be to:

Chair a new construction category board, which will build on the work of the existing Public Sector Construction Clients Forum, to oversee the implementation and further the development of best value in Government construction procurement;

Chair an enhanced sustainable construction strategy delivery board to help ensure policy regarding the industry is effectively co-ordinated;

Assess the key barriers to growth in the UK’s low carbon construction sector to ensure the UK is well placed to serve developing needs and markets;

Work with the industry, through the Strategic Forum for Construction, to deliver the industry improvement agenda, including the Construction Commitments;

Promote innovation in the sector, working closely with the Technology Strategy Board and other funding bodies;

Co-ordinate the Whitehall response to reports featuring construction.

The chief construction adviser will also lead the Low Carbon Review of the Construction Industry announced by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on 17 September.