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the engineering construction and process plant sectors and contracts with domestic occupiers. But it also omits the water and food and drink industries and all work on installing seating and security systems.

Derek Tordoff, director of the British Constructional Steelwork Association, said: I welcome the principle of the Bill. But, as currently worded, it would exclude half our work. I hope this is just bad drafting.

Graham Watts, chief executive of the professionals Construction Industry Council, also warned about loose wording.

He said: The Bill is a step in the right direction and we do not see much wrong with the payment provisions.

But he added that adjudicators are saying they will not accept work on the basis of the Bill as currently drafted because it appears to offer no legal indemnification.

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