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21st Jan 2022
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New Minister for Construction

by The Editor at 09:54 16/07/07 (News)
Stephen Timms has been appointed the Minister for Construction in the newly-created Department for Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (DBERR).
Mr Timms has a background in information technology.

After studying mathematics with a senior scholarship at Cambridge University, Stephen Timms (MP for East Ham) worked for 15 years in the computing and telecommunications industry, first for Logica and then for Ovum. He managed Ovum's telecommunications reports business until his election.

He has also advised the Labour Party on information society policy and has been a member of the Parliamentary Information Technology Committee.

He took responsibility for the Government's e-Commerce brief when joined the DTI's Ministerial team as Minister of State for e-Commerce and Competitiveness in July 2002 - and became known as the E-Minister. In May 2006 he was appointed to the Cabinet, holding the position of Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

Responsibilities
The construction sector is not his only responsibility at DBERR. Mr Timms is the Minister of Competitiveness whose brief encompasses: enterprise, growth and business investment, strengthening regional economies, Small Business Service including business support simplification, business sectors (e-commerce, communications and information industries, bioscience, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, shipbuilding, construction, automotive, manufacturing, creative industries, retail, steel), corporate governance, Companies Act implementation, Companies House, corporate social responsibility, general oversight of the Shareholder Executive, specifically the Industrial Development Unit.

Mr Timms has his own website at www.stephentimms.org.uk.

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Susie Hughes
The Editor Hardhatter 2007

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