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Conduct in Local Government

Lord Bowness asked Her Majesty's Government:

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

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observations describe the current statutory and other rules governing conduct in local government, offer views on how the particular rules appear to be working, and comment on issues on which the Government would welcome the committee's views. Copies of the observations have been placed in the Library.

Construction Contracts: Consultation Document

The Earl of Kinnoull asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What plans they have to consult on the regulations to be made under Section 114 of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996.

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.

Scheme procedures may be called upon in a variety of circumstances across all sectors of construction, so we are inviting comments from a wide cross-section of the industry and its customers.

Copies of the consultation document have been placed in the Library.

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