The pressures on parliamentary time caused by Brexit are being blamed for the latest slippage in the second reading of the Aldous Bill - now penciled in for a second reading on 25 January next year. 

Construction minister Richard Harrington's comments to the Construction News Summit regarding retentions are therefore an interesting development.

The minister said he was aware of a split within the industry on the topic, citing those in favour of a complete ban; those who wanted retentions to remain; and the third group which backed a ring-fenced protection scheme as advocated by the Aldous Bill, which he referred to as “the escrow solution” and hinted at being his favoured solution.