§ Mr. George Grant
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make proposals to stimulate employment in the construction industry in the Northern Region in view of persistent unemployment in the building trades.
§ Mr. Freeson
The Government have taken a number of measures to assist the construction industry. In particular, various initiatives on private sector house-building were announced on 27th January.461W
I shall continue to keep a close watch on the position, but it has to be considered in the context of the overall economic situation.