§ Mr. Paterson
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on his Department's responsibilities in relation to building societies; and which Ministers have dealt with those responsibilities during the period since 1 May 1997. 
§ Ms Hewitt
The Treasury is responsible for policy relating to the Building Societies Acts. I and my predecessor as Economic Secretary, my right hon. Friend the Member for Airdrie and Shotts (Mrs. Liddell), have dealt with this area since May 1997. Prudential supervision of societies is a matter for the Building Societies Commission.