HC Deb 15 December 1989 vol 163 c825W
Mr. Beggs

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what information he has on the adoption by companies in Northern Ireland of the MacBride principles; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Needham

[holding answer 7 December 1989]: I am not aware that any company operating in Northern Ireland has adopted the MacBride principles.

Companies in Northern Ireland have to obey Northern Ireland law. They do not have to make available information beyond that which is statutorily required.

We are in favour of jobs and of justice and we have therefore consistently opposed the campaign based on the MacBride principles because it could adversely affect existing jobs, cut new investment and hit at the creating of the new jobs and extra employment opportunities that are needed in Northern Ireland.

Equality of opportunity in employment is best achieved through Northern Ireland law and effective action.

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