Tim Loughton will have specific responsibility for the regions, urban
regeneration, housing and poverty within the DETR team.
Mr Norman said:
Conservative solutions for urban regeneration. In particular the provision of affordable housing, and tackling inner-city poverty, which for all his talk of 'joined-up government', John Prescott has failed to deliver.'
'This comes at a time when John Prescott's crumbling empire has had to be underpinned. Firstly, Lord Macdonald was appointed to relieve Mr Prescott from his misery in the transport field. Now Lord Falconer, the minister for the Dome, has been parachuted in to take responsibility for regional policy.
'At the same time a cabinet office report has stated that the proliferation of initiatives by individual Whitehall departments has created a 'very substantial bureaucratic burden for those on the ground'.
'Tim Loughton will be responsible for developing a common sense approach which will radically reduce the bureaucratic burden, cut through the red tape and produce practical solutions.'