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GUMMER ASKS CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TO CLEAN UP ITS IMAGE

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Environment secretary John Gummer has emphasised that for the legislative proposals in the Housing Grants, Construc...
Environment secretary John Gummer has emphasised that for the legislative proposals in the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Bill to be successful the industry must show a willingness to build better working relationships and to cast off its adversarial image.

Speaking yesterday at the Electrical Contractors Association dinner in London he said:

'The framework we are setting gets us perhaps halfway to the less confrontational and more harmonious industry that we all want to see. Once the statutory safeguards are in place, it will be up to you to get your own contracts right. The success of the Latham package depends on you, the industry, accepting the crucial nature of your role.'

Mr Gummer stressed that the image of the industry played an important part in whether consumers had the confidence to commission construction work and that it would be important for the industry to adopt the good working practices that were being drawn up by the Construction Industry Board.
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