HC Deb 17 June 2002 vol 387 c21W
Gareth Thomas

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the impact of retentions on the profitability of SMEs in the United Kingdom construction industry. [58138]

Mr. Wilson

The DTI has made no formal assessment of the impact of retentions The DTI is supporting the efforts of the Strategic Forum for the Construction Industry to address issues of payment and quality assurance; most recently in the "Accelerating Change" consultation document.