asked the Minister of Public Building and Works what representations he has received from the National Federation of Building Trades Employers regarding the Government's decision not to reimburse the extra cost of the increased rate of Selective Employment Tax to those contractors whose firm price contracts were adversely affected by the increase; and what reply he has sent.
Does the Minister agree that it would take a genius to keep up with the tax changes introduced by the Government, that it is difficult for those estimating to take into account what the Government will do, and that this puts the whole business of firm price contracts at risk?
As no progress has been made, can some indication be given to the House when the Report is likely to be produced and when the Report on the construction industry will be dealt with?
The industry is not making these representations to me and it is not complaining at present. The Reddaway Committee is in being to receive the industry's point of view. I take it for granted that the industry has written to the Reddaway Committee. If I can find out when the Report will come forward I will let the hon. Gentleman and the House know.