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The Minister of State, Department of the Environment (Earl Ferrers): The Government's observations on the matters which were raised in the "Issues and Questions" paper, which was published by the Committee on Standards in Public Life in June this year, have today been submitted to the committee. The
Earl Ferrers: My honourable friend the Minister for Planning, Construction and Energy Efficiency has today published a consultation document entitled Making the Scheme for Construction Contracts, containing proposals for regulations to underpin the fair construction contracts provisions in Part II of the 1996 Act.
These proposals concern the fall-back arrangements which contracting parties may use if their contracts do not comply with the Act in respect of adjudication and payment procedures. They include detail on a number of important issues such as the appointment of adjudicators, criteria for appointing bodies, the conduct of adjudication proceedings, and payment machinery.
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