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Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has to tackle payment abuse in the construction industry; and if he will make a statement. (126749)

The DTI is developing detailed proposals to amend the adjudication and payment provisions in Part II of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996. I intend to publish a consultation paper on the proposals to follow up our previous joint consultation with the Welsh Assembly Government on ‘Improving payment practices in the construction industry’.