asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what progress has been made by the Construction Industry Manpower Board since 13th July in assessing the effect of the 714 certificate scheme; and what specific proposals it has put forward on this subject since it first met in May 1976.
I have received a report by the board on sub-contracting by the self-employed and have placed copies in the Library. The report states that the construction industry tax deduction scheme has substantially reduced the worst abuses of the lump. I am encouraged by the board's report. Under its first term of reference the board advises my right hon. Friend on the extent and effect of sub-contracting by the self-employed and will continue to review the effects of the scheme.