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Prescott's attendance won't affect safety plans

LETTERS

Sir, I would like to respond to your article on industry fears that the Deputy Prime Minister will fail to attend the Safety Summit (CN, February 24).

It strikes me that how industry responds to the safety challenge and how it takes ownership of any action plans that emanate from the event are far more important than the seniority of politicians that may attend.

The Deputy Prime Minister has presumably noted the fact that the fatality rate has fallen by around 40 per cent since he called the initial summit and feels confident that Government is more than ably represented by Jane Kennedy and Nigel Griffiths. I share the view that one death is one too many and feel passionately about the subject.

The industry is collectively collaborating to produce a joint umbrella code on safety, based on respect for people. It is also agreeing a number of action plans that will support the code to be launched at the Summit.

Christopher Morley, The Construction Clients'Group Warwick Row, London SW1