Construction minister Nick Raynsford said that as the construction industry's biggest client, the Government would 'take the lead', selecting only suppliers with good health and safety records.
'NCE's survey confirmed that clients could do more, ' (NCE last week). 'We recognise as the country's largest client that we have a duty to set in place a better safety culture, ' he told the summit.
The Government had to insist on higher standards from its suppliers and itself, Raynsford added.
In future government departments will monitor construction health and safety performance on their projects based on a new Office of Government Commerce guide to be published shortly.
Performance of departments will be measured and the results published so everyone can see who is good and who has to do better 'We will be inviting local authorities and government agencies to do the same, ' Raynsford said.