§ 12. Mr. Concannon
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement with regard to the progress of the De Lorean Motor Company.
§ 8. Mr. O'Halloran
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a progress report on the De Lorean project.
§ The Under-Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (Mr. Giles Shaw)
Construction of the assembly building is almost complete and the other buildings 730 are well advanced. The number on the payroll is approximately 250. Pilot production is expected to start in the second quarter of this year.
§ Mr. Concannon
No doubt the project is up to date. Can the Minister say anything about the EEC contribution to it and what can be expected in terms of further work and any spin-offs that might flow from this?
§ Mr. Shaw
The project has now been brought up to date. There was some slippage in construction, but that has now been rectified. As far as the EEC subvention is concerned, £7½ million has been put into the De Lorean project, and this will abate the liability for public sector payment. The first indication of spin-off is the establishment of the Chamberlain Phipps trim plant in West Belfast, where 450 jobs could well be created.
§ Mr. Allan Clark
As there is substantial over-capacity in the vehicle industry, both in the United Kingdom and worldwide, who is expected to buy these cars, and in substitution for what?
§ Mr. Fitt
Does the Under-Secretary of State recall that when the De Lorean project was announced it was welcomed by thousands of people who had been on the unemployment register for years in West Belfast? They believed that they would be given sufficient skills and be trained by the Department to enable them to take up employment with De Lorean. Can the Minister say how many people have been trained and can expect to be given jobs in the De Lorean project?
§ Rev. Ian Paisley
Will the Minister confirm that the De Lorean company has made an application for another £5 million from NIDA?