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05May94 UK: CIEC BEHIND ON LATHAM REVIEW.

Main contractors and building materials producers have missed last Friday's deadline for submissions and comments on Sir Michael Latham's sweeping review of the construction industry.Firms working under the umbrella of the Construction Industry Employers Council (CIEC) are still working on their response to Sir Michael's draft proposals.And the CIEC's comments are not expected to be finalised until tomorrow (Friday) - a week past the deadline.A member of Sir Michael's team said: 'We did ask for everything in by the end of April so we could set aside May for a good look at them.'A few people are late, but having said that we are not going to send their submissions back.'Everyone has spent a lot of time and effort on their responses and we are getting some good quality comments.'Sir Michael's keenly anticipated report will be launched on July 18. It will be followed a week later by a top level conference in London to discuss the recommendations.A number of experts commenting on Sir Michael's initial findings are calling for legislation to back up the recommendations and a regulatory body to oversee the industry.Specialist Engineering Contractors group spokesman Rudi Klein said: 'Voluntary changes do not work because there are those in the industry who will just stick two fingers up.'We also need a statutory framework to act as a catalyst for change.' CONSTRUCTION NEWS