§ Mr. Alex Carlile
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the progress of moves towards increased cross-border economic co-operation between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.54W
§ Mr. Cope
The Anglo-Irish Intergovernmental Conference initiated last year a systematic programme of assessment of all the main sectors, to determine where the process of social and economic co-operation can most fruitfully be expanded. A joint Northern Ireland-Republic of Ireland paper on cross-border matters has been prepared for presentation to the EC under its cross-border programme and it is hoped to submit this shortly.