asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will provide further details of his responsibilities for sponsorship of the construction industry following his answer to the hon. Member for West Lothian (Mr. Dalyell) on 26th February.
My right hon. Friend's sponsorship responsibilities in relation to the construction industry are not statutorily defined. In essence, his concern is to foster the general well-being of the building and civil engineering industries, their associated professions, and the building material industries; and to ensure that their interests are taken into account in the development of policies which may affect them in both a national and an international context.