So, the Cowboy Builders Working Group produced an excellent final report despite two of its four sub groups being chaired by people Graham Watts (NCE 9 September) derides as 'barons' from 'prickly trade associations'. My own organisation has consistently campaigned over the years for an anti cowboy package.
It was not the trade associations which blocked the Construction Industry Board becoming the Quality Mark scheme owner. Most of those who responded to the group's interim report thought CIB was not appropriate and that an independent body should oversee the scheme.
Ian Davis (M), Director General, Federation of Master Builders, Chairman Sub Group 4, Cowboy Builders Working Group, 14/15 Great James Street, London WC1N 3DP