HC Deb 13 February 1976 vol 905 c450W
Mr. Woodall

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he is able to announce details of the further measures intended to alleviate unemployment in Northern Ireland which were foreshadowed in the statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 12th February.

Mr. Merlyn Rees

Of the total of £8 million for Northern Ireland mentioned in the statement by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer about £5 million will be used for job creation and for projects which will particularly assist employment in the construction industry. Almost all of this money will be spent in 1976–77.

I am also allocating £1½ million over three years to arrangements for attaching more young persons to industry for training and £1½ million over three years to a new scheme to assist the modernisation of industrial premises in Northern Ireland. There will be early consultations with both sides of industry about the details of the latter scheme, expenditure on which will also benefit the construction industry.

Finally, £150,000 is allocated to the same improvements as in Great Britain in the temporary employment subsidy scheme and the school leavers subsidy scheme.