§ Mr. Spring
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with his counterparts in other EU countries about EU proposals to enable a reduced rate of VAT to apply to(a) labour-intensive industries and (b) work on listed buildings. 
§ Dawn Primarolo
The terms of a draft Directive to allow member states to apply a reduced rate of VAT to certain labour-intensive services have been discussed by the European Council of Finance Ministers on several occasions this year: final agreement was reached on 22 October.
There have been no discussions specifically about a reduced rate for work on listed buildings.