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Act likely to drop off priority list

The Construction Act is unlikely to be passed on its own in next week’s Queen’s Speech because of its low priority, the industry has been warned.

Construction Industry Council chief executive Graham Watts said: “I’m sure there is work behind the scenes to get it attached to another piece of legislation.

“It won’t be passed by itself, because it doesn’t have high enough priority.”

This would make it uncertain which amendments in the Act would make it through to be discussed in Parliament.

Several changes in how contractors work and how subcontractors receive payment have been put forward as amendments to the Act.