Vadera promotion in Brown reshuffle likely to mean industry will get eighth new minister in seven years
The construction industry is likely to have its eighth minister in seven years following the promotion of Baroness Vadera to the Cabinet Office.
Vadera, who was appointed construction minister in January, was named as minister for economic competitiveness and small business in Gordon Brown's Cabinet reshuffle.
As parliamentary undersecretary for business, enterprise and regulatory reform, Vadera oversaw construction among other sectors. A new appointment within the DBERR is likely to be announced later today.
The move is bound to provoke further concerns that construction is not treated seriously in government circles. Farming, which makes up about 2% of GDP, has its own ministry after the latest reshuffle. Construction, which at present does not have a minister, makes up 10% of GDP.