asked the Secretary of State for the Environment, further to the reply to the hon. Member for Warrington on 7 December, what conclusions were reached in his consultations with the construction industry on EEC directive 77/187 in relation to sections 5 and 6; and whether the industry agreed to ask its member firms to observe these provisions.
I refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Employment to my hon. Friend the Member for Surrey, North-West (Mr. Grylls) on 9 December in respect of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 1981, which implement the directive. The construction industry organisations have not informed me of any plans to issue advice to their members on the regulations.