The Specialist Engineering Contractors’ Group remains positive that its proposed amendments to the Construction Bill will be passed, despite being resisted by the House of Lords last week

Rudi Klein, chief executive of SEC Group, said he had hoped several peers would voice their support for the proposals, which relate to pay and adjudication.

But Lord Tope said the bill was “not yet in pristine condition”.

Klein said he maintained “high hopes” the amendments would be passed when the bill moved to the House of Commons in about a month’s time.

However, Rupert Choat, partner at CMS Cameron McKenna, said he remained sceptical. “I think it is unlikely they will be passed,” he said. “It is hard to see why they would make these further changes to the bill.”