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The membership of the working group being set up to combat cowboy ...
The membership of the working group being set up to combat cowboy

builders has been announced by construction minister Nick Raynsford.

Group members have been selected for their expertise in their

respective fields and represent a broad section of the construction

industry, as well as local government, consumer and insurance industry interests.

Mr Raynsford said:

'I am delighted that the working group has attracted such a

strong representation of different interests within the industry.

I look forward to seeing their proposals next summer.

'This is a difficult challenge but one which government and

industry working together must tackle effectively. This is an

opportunity to rid the industry of a problem which does so much

to damage the reputation of the majority of reputable firms.'

In addition to the main working group, four sub-groups have been

established to look at the main proposals of the initiative in

greater detail, namely a badge of quality and establishing the

foundations for approved builder lists. The membership of these

smaller sub-groups will consist mostly of standing members from the

main group, as well as additional external expertise.

It is expected that the working group will provide a draft scheme,

for further consultation, by early 1999.

The working group under the chairmanship of Anthony Merricks will comprise:

Chris Mounsey, Association of British Insurers (ABI)

Bill Swan, Capita Business Services Ltd

Terry Rochester, Construction Clients' Forum (CCF)

Graham Watts, Construction Industry Council (CIC)

Phil Ollier, Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)

Peter Shiells, Constructors' Liaison Group (CLG)

John Hobson, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions


Trevor Single, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)

Ian Davis, Federation of Master Builders (FMB)

Chris Shuttleworth, Institute of Building Control (IBC)

Andy Watts, Institute of Plumbing (IoP)

Ian Foulkes, Local Government Association (LGA)

Keith Hale, Local Authorities Coordinating Body on Food and Trading

Standards (LACOTS)

Francis Harrison, National Consumer Council (NCC)

Stephen Moon, National Federation of Builders (NFB)

Rod MacEachrane, National House-Building Council (NHBC)

Group 1: Trade Association Accreditation

Chairman: Sir Michael Latham (Independent)

Group 2: Accredited Constructors Scheme

Chairman: Colin Harding (Independent)

Group 3: Approved Builders Lists and Consumer Education

Chairman: Steven Moon (NFB)

Group 4: Warranty Provision, Dispute Resolution and

Disciplinary Procedures Chairman: Ian Davis (FMB)


The government issued the consultation paper 'Combating Cowboy

Builders' on 6 April 1998, and responses were requested by 5 June


The consultation was followed by a DETR-hosted seminar on 24 June

1998 which was attended by over 65 representatives from the

construction industry, consumer bodies, local government and others.

The seminar reinforced the positive messages which had all emerged

from the consultation and demonstrated the commitment to change from

all sides. The announcement of Antony Merricks as chairman of the

working group was made on 30 July 1998, press release number 647.

working group is scheduled to meet every three to four weeks.

terms of reference for the main working group and sub-groups are

available from Dan Edwards on 0171 890 5663.

It is also considering the scope for extension of the Building

Regulations to the repair and maintenance sector as part of this

package. The department is also working closely with the department

of trade and industry in connection with other consumer protection

measures which link to this initiative.

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