§ Mr. Fitt
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many new industries have been started in West Belfast during the years 1972, 1973, 1974 and 1975; and how many people are employed in them.
§ Mr. Orme
During the years 1972, 1973, 1974 and 1975 to date, six new enterprises were started in West Belfast with assistance from public funds. At 163W the present time, these employ 238 persons—214 males—and are expected to increase the number to 789—673 males—when in full operation. One other enterprise which should ultimately employ 167 persons—144 males—is expected to start in the near future.
In addition, two existing companies in the area have been assisted to carry out expansions which should result in an increase in employment of 144 persons—78 males. Two other companies are providing additional facilities which, when completed, should provide 135 new jobs—96 for males.