Part II of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 19961 created a new type of contract called a 'construction contract' and introduced statutory rights and entitlements for parties to such contracts. The statutory provisions have two primary purposes. First, to provide that every construction contract must include a mechanism for determining what payments become due, and when and the circumstances in which payment may be withheld2. Secondly, to provide a right to a party to a construction contract to refer any disputes arising under the contract for adjudication3. The appropriate national authority4 has power by regulations to make a scheme for construction contracts, whi
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