Tuesday, 1 July 2014
Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
199. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the position regarding the development of the code of practice under the provisions of the Construction Contracts Act; and when the code of practice will be completed. [27972/14]
The Construction Contracts Bill passed all stages of the Houses of the Oireachtas in July 2013 and was signed into law on the 29 July 2013. Section 9 of the Act requires the publication of a code of practice governing the conduct of adjudication. Engagement with key stakeholders on the code culminated with the issue of the final draft to stakeholders in March.
Subsection (3) and (4) of Section 6 and Section 8 of the Act requires the establishment of a panel of adjudicators. In the event that parties to a payment dispute cannot agree to the appointment of an adjudicator, the chair of the panel will appoint one for them. Officials in my department are working on the details of the structure for the panel, its set up and operation and this will shortly be circulated to stakeholders for consultation. Once this process is concluded, applications for the panel will be advertised and when the appointment process to the panel is complete the Act will be commenced.