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08Oct92 UK: GOVERNMENT-BACKED CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY REVIEW ROW SETTLED.

Contractors and subcontractors have settled their feud over the terms of reference for the Government-backed industry review.They resolved their differences last week and pledged to tie up the details when they meet again at the end of the month.The subcontractor bodies had feared that the builders were intending to shift the emphasis of the review away from conflict within the industry.They believe that main contractors are responsible for much of the conflict and were highly suspicious of the Building Employers Confederation's move to adapt the terms of reference.But the builders were worried that the review would concentrate too much on the detail of contracts rather that how the conflict arises.The coming meeting will also aim to settle how much each organisation will pay towards the cost of the review - dubbed Banwell 2 after the last industry review undertaken 30 years ago.The Government wants the industry to pay half the expected £250,000 cost of undertaking the review.But most of the construction organisation say that finding the £125,000 should not pose a problem.The next hurdle is to appoint a chairman with sufficient stature.Sir Gordon Borrie, former Director General of Fair Trading, has been approached, but is understood to have turned down the offer.