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Retentions pressure on

THE SPECIALIST Engineering Contractors' Group is seeking firm commitments from the Treasury to an action plan to stamp out retentions following its Downing Street meeting with trade and industry adviser Geoffrey Norris last month.

Crosby MP Claire Curtis-Thomas has written to Treasury minister Des Browne asking for a meeting to put in place plans to abolish the practice.

She said: 'We were informed at the 10 Downing Street meeting that the Office of Government Commerce had agreed in principle that retentions should go. I would like to discuss how we now achieve this.'