HC Deb 27 January 1993 vol 217 cc779-80W
Mr. Chris Smith

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Islington, South and Finsbury of 20 January,Official Report, column 264, for what reasons he has decided not to place copies of responses to the first consultation exercise on contaminated land in the Library prior to his decision being announced.

Mr. Baldry

[holding answer 26 January 1993]: A comparison of labour productivity in the manufacturing industry between the United Kingdom and its major trading partners can be found in the Treasury Bulletin dated summer 1992, a copy of which can be found in the Library of the House. The available figures for other members of the European Community are set out in the table:

For the construction industry, the available figures are:

Mr. Maclean

[holding answer 26 January 1993]: In my previous answer of 20 January, Official Report, column 264, I indicated that we are still considering the way forward on the proposals. We are still receiving representations on the issues set out in our first consultation paper, which were subsequently modified in our second paper. We will publish responses once a final decision has been taken on the whole question of registers.