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Olympic plans stall at the Treasury

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PLANS to push forward with best practice commitments for Olympic construction projects are being held up by the Treasury.

Peter Rogers, chairman of the Strategic Forum's Olympic Task Group, was originally due to launch the 'Construction Commitments 2012' charter at a pan-industry business summit in January but the process has stalled.

One industry source said: 'It's stuck in the Treasury at the moment. The Treasury were all in favour and then they belatedly realised that they were going to have to put their names to it and have put the whole thing under the microscope.' Mr Rogers wanted all members of the construction supply chain for the 2012 Games and Government departments ? up to the Prime Minister himself ? to sign up to best practice principles to deliver Olympic venues.

Industry leaders, including Laing O'Rourke chief executive Ray O'Rourke, have helped draft the document.

A second source added: 'The document is a good idea but the danger is that, if this thing isn't approved soon, the delivery partner will be appointed, contracts will start being let and the thing could start becoming irrelevant.' The Treasury declined to comment, while Mr Rogers was unavailable.