§ Mr. Nicholas Winterton
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he last met representatives of the housebuilding industry to discuss the employment status of building operatives; and if he will make a statement on the outcome of that meeting. 
§ Mr. Jack
I arranged for my officials to meet representatives of the House-Builders Federation on 20 December 1996. I understand that they had a useful and constructive meeting at which the Inland Revenue was able to offer practical help for the federation's members with their reviews of the employment status of their workers. The House-Builders Federation will continue to be included in future consultations with the industry on employment status.