As the Minister of State for Business and Enterprise, I have regular discussions with the construction industry and payment practices often feature.
The Government takes the issue of prompt payment seriously and respects some of the differences which prevail in the construction industry. That is why we have introduced amendments to the “Construction Act” to provide greater clarity around the communication of payments and to improve access to adjudication (which is a quick 28 day dispute resolution process). We are also using the Government's role as a customer of the industry to promote better payment practices through construction supply chains. For instance, over the next three years, £4 billion of public construction work will delivered using project bank accounts.