Before Michael Fallon headed back to Westminster we caught up with him to ask him how his visit to Portsmouth went and what his plans are to help the city's maritime industry get back on its feet.
He's been charged with dealing with the fall out from the end of shipbuilding in Portsmouth and today the city's newly appointed minister Michael Fallon visited for the first time. 900 people will lose their jobs when BAE Systems moves its operations to Scotland.
So what are the challenges facing the man charged with improving the city's fortunes? Richard Jones has been finding out. Richard spoke to Dr Mike Asteris from Portsmouth Business School, Henry Braithwaite from Marketmakers and Vincent Denham from Verisona Law.
For the first time since his appointment, the new Minister for Portsmouth will visit the city today.
Michael Fallon will meet with business leaders to try to come up with a plan to help employment in the city, following the loss of more than 900 ship building jobs at BAE Systems.