HL Deb 09 February 1981 vol 417 cc122-3WA
Lord Blease

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is the total number of jobs existing in those companies in Northern Ireland that have obtained selective financial assistance under the Industrial Development Acts (a) since 1945, to date; and (b) since 1970, to date.

Lord Elton

The information is not available in the exact form requested and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. However, in December 1979 (figures for December 1980 are not yet available) there were in existence in Northern Ireland industry approximately 61,500 jobs which had been created at some time since 1945 with selective financial assistance from the Department of Commerce. No corresponding figure is available for the period 1970 to date.