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
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
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.