The Ministry of Works' 'Survey of Problems before the Construction Industries', commonly known as the Emmerson Report, was published in 1962.
It was one of several different reports aimed at improving the way the industry was organised and the way construction work was procured. The report pointed to shortcomings and fragmentation in the industry and the professions - engineer, architect, builder, and so on.
The Emmerson Report criticised a lack of cohesion between the parties to a construction contract and proposed 'the possibility of adopting a common form of contract for both civil and building engineering work'. It also suggested the standardisation of subcontracts.
Many of the issues raised were developed further in the Banwell Report published in 1964.
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