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Tories slam sustainable strategy

Tory shadow construction minister Mark Prisk has said the publication of the Strategy for Sustainable Construction hides a need for the Government to get its house in order on procurement.

Commenting on the report, which aims to bring together a host of sustainability targets from industry and the Government in a single document, Mr Prisk said that the Government needed to realise that publishing reports was not enough when it comes to meeting environmental standards.

He said: “The Government’s procurement practices remain inconsistent and confused and the majority of the Government’s building projects still fail to meet its own sustainability targets.

“Whole-life costing is still not practised across Government, despite the obvious benefits it would bring in delivering more sustainable buildings.”