Government rejects call for blacklist investigation

Grant Prior 5 years ago

The government is ruling out an investigation into construction blacklisting unless new evidence is produced that the practice is still going on.

Business Secretary Vince Cable told the House of Commons that he could only launch a probe if hard evidence was produced that blacklisting had taken place since it was outlawed in 2010.

He said: “I am very happy to take this forward is there is any issue to investigate.

“It needs investigating if it is still going on – that is the essence of this.

“Are we talking about now or an investigation into history?”

Cable was responding to calls from shadow business secretary Chuka Umanna for a full investigation into construction blacklisting along the lines of the Leveson inquiry into phone hacking.

Umanna said: “I am flabbergasted by the Secretary of State’s response.

“Allegations have been made and need to be investigated.”

Umanna also called for contractors who used the disbanded Consulting Association to make a full apology and set up a compensation fund for affected workers.

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