CBI comment on government advisor

Published:  01 September, 2009

LONDON: The CBI has commented on the government's announcement that it plans to appoint a chief adviser on Construction.

John McDonough, chairman of the CBI's Construction Council, said: "The construction industry has been crying out for a strong and effective champion to fight its corner – we are delighted that such a position will now come into being.

"Plans to appoint an independent chief adviser on construction are a very welcome step and we look forward to working closely with the new post-holder to make this position a success. Given the scale of the challenges facing the industry we hope that – building on its initial success – the remit of the Chief Construction Adviser will expand to cover additional areas of industry concern.

"The Council would like to see the reviewing of current capital programmes made an explicit part of the work of the Chief Construction Adviser, as the ability to troubleshoot must be a key part of the role of Public Sector Construction Clients' Forum chairman. This will help ensure government projects run smoothly and deliver good value.

"The post-holder will also need to have a strong understanding of construction to win the confidence of the industry.

"We very much look forward to building a lasting partnership with the new office, in order to further the mutual aims of both industry and government."

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