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Industry cautious on Labour's first 100 days


LABOUR'S FIRST 100 days in power since the election has been given a cautious 'wait-andsee' welcome by the construction industry.

The Association of Consulting Engineers (ACE) and Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) said they were hoping for a consistent approach and delivery on investment plans.

'There are a lot of welcome commitments particularly on transport, public services and hospitals, but we want delivery and want to see it speeded up, ' said an ACE spokesman.

Transport secretary Stephen Byers' decision to scrap the Hastings bypass might be a 'oneoff' but consistency in policy was needed, he added.

Construction's move from the Department of the Environment Transport and the Regions to the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) after the election prompted mixed views.

'On balance we wouldn't have thought this a good idea - we'll wait and see but are not greatly expecting it to work in our favour, ' a CECA spokesman said.

But its fears that construction could be swamped among other industries were rejected by the ICE: 'DTI is the largest and most influential department outside the Treasury.

The move links us with all other engineering disciplines sharing best practices and we can see the potential benefits, ' said a spokesman

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