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Construction: Employment

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 7th November 2014.

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Photo of David Hanson David Hanson Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the prevalence of the practice of retentions as a means of insurance in the construction industry; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Nicholas Boles Nicholas Boles The Minister for Universities and Science, Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Jointly with the Department for Education)

The withholding of a retention is a common contractual practice in the construction industry. Through the Construction Leadership Council the Government is working with the construction industry to move towards a position where retentions are no longer needed, as part of a more general set of measures on good payment practices.

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