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Jowell keen to enshrine 'best practice'

OLYMPIC minister Tessa Jowell said the Government was ready to listen to industry to improve the procurement process for the games.

She told delegates: 'We want to learn from you so that we avoid problems in the procurement process and learn how we can enshrine good employment standards and industrial relations while not driving up costs.

'Hosting the games is an incredibly complex project. Difficulties will occur, but do not doubt our commitment to getting the job done in a way which minimises cost overruns.' But Labour MP John Spellar ? a member of the all-party parliamentary construction group ? said: 'I am particularly concerned about the contractual requirements of best practice. I don't want to see firms who are training up people missing out on work ? everybody must be competing on a level playing field.' Trevor Hu rsthouse, chai rman of Nottingham M&E firm Goodmarriott & Hursthouse, said: 'It takes four years to train an electrical apprentice but the games are only six years away. We need to move fast.'

Peter Rogers, chair of the Strategic Forum's Olympic task force, said the key elements of the Construction Commitments 2012 charter would be integrated procurement, health and safety, commitment to people, design quality, client leadership and sustainability.