HC Deb 06 November 1987 vol 121 cc939-40W
Sir John Biggs-Davison

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement about cooperation between the local enterprise development unit and other agencies in the Province with institutions in Portugal.

Mr. Viggers

The local enterprise development unit has been invited to provide consultancy advice, on a strict commercial basis, to IAPME— Portugal's Institute for Professional and Employment Training— in relation to the establishment of Portugal's first enterprise centre on the model of Northern Ireland's local enterprise centres. I also understand that a declaration of co-operation has been signed between the Newry and Mourne enterprise agency and UNINORTE— a federation of co-operative organisations in Portugal — and that the Northern Ireland small business institute is discussing the provision of enterprise training to Portuguese managers.