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Carillion - Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 5:06 pm on 15th January 2018.

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Photo of Lord Lea of Crondall Lord Lea of Crondall Labour 5:06 pm, 15th January 2018

My Lords, is not a picture emerging of some prima facie creative accounting going on? The noble Lord, Lord Lawson, makes a fair point when he suggests that not every contract should come directly from the Government. The picture now is that in almost everything done by Wimpey, Costain and so on, they are called subcontractors, and that applies to the workforce as well. Does the inquiry not need to cast a beady eye over how far the culture of subcontracting everything—much more so than was true previously in the construction industry—is part of the background to this problem because no one can take an overall view of what is happening on the balance sheet?