HC Deb 07 February 1985 vol 72 c1095
13. Mr. Couchman

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the current rate of job creation in Northern Ireland; and how this compares with Great Britain.

Dr. Boyson

An analysis of employment returns in Northern Ireland shows that at least 732 employers, employing 25 or more staff, increased their employment by a total of 11,151 jobs in the 12 months ending September 1984.

Mr. Couchman

Is my hon. Friend satisfied that this impressive rate of progress will lead to a significant diminution in the tragic rate of unemployment in the Province?

Mr. Boyson

I hope, as my hon. Friend does, that that will be the case. Similarly, we hope that there will be an increase in job creation this year, even against last year's figures.