09 JAN 2018

Supporting Suffolk's Construction Trade

Dr Dan Poulter was today pleased to support neighbouring Suffolk MP, Peter Aldous as he introduced his Ten Minute Rule bill to the House of Commons concerning the ring fencing of cash retentions for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the construction industry.

Research commissioned by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) revealed that over a 3-year period £7.8bn worth of retentions was outstanding for small businesses. Cash retentions are withheld as security in case a firm fails to return to rectify non-compliant work. However the monies are primarily withheld to bolster the working capital of the party withholding them. Furthermore the practice gives rise to widespread abuse with the monies being withheld for three and more years.

If successul, this Bill would secure and release on time these retentions by way of a deposit scheme.

Here in Suffolk, and across the UK, SMEs are the backbone of our economy and Dr Dan was pleased to work with Mr Aldous to hopefully bring about this change in legislation, which will ensure greater support and protection for small businesses in the construction industry.

The bill passed its first reading stage and will now have its second reading on Friday 27th April 2018.

 

 

 

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Daniel Poulter: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Christopher. I congratulate the right hon. Member for Delyn (David Hanson) on securing the debate, which is a welcome opportunity to review a piece of legislation that was not uncontroversial when it passed through the House a couple of years ago. I shall touch briefly on a couple of points that he made and pick up on the issue of...

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