§ Mr. Spellar
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement regarding the implementation of the Latham report.
§ Mr. Robert B. Jones
My right hon. Friend announced on 7 February,Official Report, column 131, that he had agreed with the construction industry that a construction industry board should be set up to take forward the proposals of the Latham report for restructuring the construction process. Sir Michael Latham has agreed to be the board's first chairman, and my right hon. Friend has agreed to be its president.
The board will oversee the working groups established in the wake of the report to look at specific aspects of the report's recommendations. It will also provide a channel for industry and client comment to Government on any legislative proposals—I hope to enter into public consultation on such proposals shortly.