§ 15. Mr. McQuarrie
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will take steps to meet the representatives of employers and employees in the construction industry to discuss the unemployment position in that industry; and what steps can be taken to reduce the unemployment figures particularly in the Banff and Buchan constituency.
§ Mr. Ancram
The Government hold regular meetings with the Scottish construction industry group, on which employers and employees are represented, in order to discuss many aspects of the industry including employment issues. I shall be meeting the group again in the near future and expect to hear soon about the issues which the industry's representatives wish to discuss on that occasion. Employment prospects depend on the continuation of this Government's policies of promoting economic recovery and creating the right environment for growth.