Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform Committee

21 November 2007


ORAL EVIDENCE SESSION: THE UK CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

COMMITTEE TO QUESTION UNIONS ABOUT BOGUS SELF-EMPLOYMENT

The Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Committee today announces the 2nd oral evidence session on the UK’s construction industry. The aim of this session is to hear the views of organisations responsible for meeting the needs of the sector’s workforce. Issues in which the Committee will be taking a particular interest include:

•  The prevalence of construction workers being forced to register as self-employed;

•  dependence of the industry on migrant labour;

•  meeting the skills needs of the industry over the next five years;

•  health and safety concerns; and

•  lessons to be learnt from recent successful projects, such as Heathrow Terminal 5.

Date/Time:   Tuesday 21 November at 10.30am

Witnesses:
10.30 am -  UNION OF CONSTRUCTION, ALLIED TRADES AND TECHNICIANS (UCATT)

11.15 am - CONSTRUCTIONSKILLS

12.00 pm - UNITE-THE UNION

Location:   Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House

Further evidence sessions for this inquiry will be announced in due course.

The session will be open to the public on a first come, first served basis. There is no system for the prior reservation of seats in Committee Rooms. It is advisable to allow about 20 minutes to pass through security checks. Committee rooms and the timing of meetings are subject to change. Those interested in attending the session should check the venue by contacting the House of Commons Public Information Office on 020 7219 4272 on the day before the hearing.