HC Deb 12 February 1990 vol 167 cc53-4W
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.

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.

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