§ Mr. Tim Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on progress with his claim for damages against Arthur Andersen and Co., formerly auditors of De Lorean Motor Cars Ltd.
§ Mr. Viggers
[holding answer 21 June 1988]: On 15 February 1985 the Department of Economic Development filed a complaint against Arthur Andersen and Co. in the United States federal court, southern district of New York. On 10 May 1985 Arthur Andersen filed a memorandum in support of a motion to dismiss the complaint. In its decision and order dated 8 March 1988 the court accepted jurisdiction of the Department's complaint. Subsequently, a request by Arthur Andersen for interlocutory appeal against the decision of the court was denied. The court has not yet set a trial date.