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More than 55 per cent of small contractors are working at less than half capacity, according to the Federation of Master Builders' latest state of trade survey.House building was the hardest hit sector with nearly seven out of 10 firms reporting a downturn in working during the last quarter.And nobody is expecting any improvement during the next three months.The FMB national president Ted Evans said: 'The small and established firm is not able to survive in the current climate. It is now absolutely vital to stimulate demand in the construction demand in the construction industry.'Measures being proposed by the FMB to haul the industry off the floor include slashing interest rates, doubling the ceiling for mortgage tax relief to £60,000, and abolishing stamp duty.The Federation is also calling on the Government to release capital receipts and ensure that no cuts are made in the upcoming capital expenditure programme.Mr Evans said: 'The industry has now lost over 400,000 jobs since June 1989.'This outflow must be stemmed.'