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Specialists body wants more debate on retentions

LEADERS of the Specialist Engineering Contractors Group will lobby MPs on the Trade and Industry Select Committee to hit back at the Government after it snubbed the committee's recommendations on retentions.

Chief executive Rudi Klein said: 'The committee has taken up time and resources to put this report together only to have it thrown out, so we can't imagine they're too happy.

'We are also going to seek an adjournment debate and we are writing to 180 Government departments and agencies which procure construction work to clarify their stance on retentions.'

The move follows the Government's dismissal last week of the select committee's retentions recommendations.

Conservative MP Jonathan Djanogly, a select committee member, said: 'The Government's response is wishy-washy and does not bring the debate any further forward. It needs to co-ordinate its approach to public procurement.'