David Cameron appoints Lord Younger as new business minister

Former government whip in House of Lords to continue BIS objectives of boosting entrepreneurial Britain

Lord James Younger has been chosen by David Cameron as the new under secretary of state at the department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS).

The appointment follows the resignation of former business minister Lord Marland on January 9.

Lord Younger, who was previously a government whip in the House of Lords, will now take over the task of pushing the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill, which aims to boost economic growth through a series of business regulation reforms, through its final stages in the Lords.

The new under secretary of state will also be responsible for continuing BIS’ aim of making the UK the best place in Europe to start, finance and grow a business, as outlined in Plan for Growth, published at Budget 2011.

Lord Younger commented: “I am delighted to have been asked by the Prime Minister to do this important job; the business department is central to the government’s drive for balanced and sustainable growth.

“I look forward to making a real contribution to supporting business to generate new private sector employment and boost our international competiveness.”

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