§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity (1) whether she will make a statement on the discussions which her department had with employers and trade unions in the civil engineering, construction and building industries on Friday, 8th November;
(2) whether she will make a further statement of her intentions regarding the recent award in the building industry.206W
My right hon. Friend made a statement in the House on Friday, 15th November, which outlined the position at that time. The executives of the trade unions concerned yesterday accepted the proposal which was agreed at my right hon. Friend's meeting with union representatives on 14th November. The proposal has now been reported to the Board with a request to deal with the point at issue in their forthcoming reports on the building and civil engineering industries.