Over the last three years construction output has risen steadily at around one and a half percent each year. The rise occurred mainly in new work, in particular in the private offices and entertainment sectors.
Mr Raynsford said: 'The improved performance of the construction industry over the last few years reflects the Government's achievement in creating a climate for stable and non-inflationary growth. This contrasts markedly with the boom/bust cycles which so characterised the late 1980s and early 1990s.
'I expect output to continue to grow as a result of increased capital investment across a range of sectors. We will continue to support the revitalisation of a sustainable construction industry, giving a high priority to partnership working, innovation, better design and improvements in training and helath and safety.'
1. Figures for construction growth since 1990 are:
Growth since previous year
2. Construction Output accounts for around 8 per cent of the UK's Gross Domestic Product.
3. The publication dates of Construction Output and Employment Statistical Releases are pre-announced in National Statistics Updates.