asked the Secretary of State for the Environment when he will make a statement on the condition of the building industry.
The Government have taken a number of measures to help the construction industry face its problems. In particular, I would refer the hon. Member to the various initiatives on private sector housebuilding announced by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State in answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Bolton, West (Mrs. Taylor) on 27th January.—[Vol. 885, c. 43–4.] An additional £120 million of public expenditure for construction generally was announced last September. I shall continue to keep a close watch on the situation.