§ Mr. Timms
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if the draft legislation to implement the changes in the agency tax rules for construction workers announced by the Financial Secretary on 31 July 1997 will be published in advance of the Finance Bill 1998. 
§ Dawn Primarolo
The draft legislation, which will implement this change, will be published today. Copies have been placed in the Libraries of the House. This will give agencies as much time as possible to alter their systems and procedures in advance of the change which comes into effect on 6 April 1998. The change will help to align the tax and national insurance treatment of these workers and is part of the Government's commitment to streamline and modernise the tax and benefits system.