HC Deb 10 November 1977 vol 938 cc159-60W
Q16. Mr. Mike Thomas

asked the Prime Minister whether he is satisfied that the measures proposed by the Government will provide help for the construction industry in the coming winter.

The Prime Minister:

The substantial increases of £230 million in public sector construction programmes announced in March, May and July will help the construction industry in the coming winter and later. The £400 million announced on 26th October by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer will provide additional help for the industry in 1978–79.

Q20. Mr. Michael Morris

asked the Prime Minister what were the results of his meeting with representatives of the construction industry.

The Prime Minister:

I met representatives of the construction industry on 16th June. I told them that I shared the con- cern about the serious problems facing the construction industry and that the Government would continue to do all they could, within the general economic constraints, to help the industry. The hon. Member will be aware that the Government have since then announced additional public sector construction programmes of £500 million.