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Cameron agrees its time to Get Britain Building

28/04/2011
Cameron agrees its time to Get Britain Building

Prime Minister David Cameron today conceded he needed to get Britain building again as latest GDP figures were knocked by a sharp fall in construction.

The Prime Minister adopted the industry's campaign slogan when he expressed concern about the latest output figures which showed the overall economy grew by just 0.5% during the first quarter of 2011.

The growth rate was held back by a disastrous performance from construction, which the Office of National Statistics estimated had recorded a dramatic fall of 4.7% over the previous quarter.

Speaking at Prime Minister's Questions, David Cameron said: "What's happening in the construction industry is disappointing.

"We do need to get Britain building again and that's why we are introducing the new homes bonus."

He added: "But what is encouraging in the figures is that the British economy is growing once again, manufacturing is up, exports are up and we are seeing a rebalancing of the economy."

Mike Leonard, director of the Modern Masonry Alliance, said: "We are delighted that the Prime Minister has today announced that we need to 'Get Britain Building'.

"The Get Britain Building campaign launched in 2009 has prepared a Plan B, which sets out why investing in construction can create 2.5 million jobs and positive growth in GDP.

He added: "With 5 million people on the housing waiting list and building material manufacturing capacity and skills being eroded we call on Mr Cameron to turn his fine words into positive action.

"Our industry is ready and willing to respond."