Blair appoints Egan to inform gateway plans

Sir John Egan is to advise the government on east London's Thames Gateway regeneration.

Prime minister Tony Blair announced last week that Egan, president of the Confederation of British Industry, has been chosen to bring a private sector perspective to development in the area.

"He will form a link to employers and developers, advise on government delivery and be a driving force behind the region's prosperity," said Blair, announcing the role at the Centre for Manufacturing Excellence in Dagenham.

Deputy prime minister John Prescott said that Egan will help to create the right climate for the private investment needed to deliver 120,000 homes in the Thames Gateway.

Egan is also chairman of the task group to review skills in the built environment, which launched a consultation last month (Planning, 31 October, p1).

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