§ 16. Mr. Jenkin
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment when he last met the Spanish Employment Minister to discuss labour markets and competitiveness; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Portillo
I last met the Spanish Minister of Labour at the end of March. We share the view that European countries need in their own ways to improve the performance of their labour markets, to increase competitiveness and achieve sustainable reductions in structural unemployment.