§ Mr. Spearing
asked the Prime Minister if, further to her answer to the hon. Member for Newham, South on 8 December 1986, Official Report, column 28, she will state the response of Her Majesty's Government to the requirements to impose value added tax on civil engineering and construction (other than domestic housing), industrial fuels, and news services; and if she will make a statement.
§ The Prime Minister
I can assure the hon. Member that the European Commission's challenge on all the goods and services in the zero rate case is being strenuously contested by Her Majesty's Government.