Mr. John D. Taylor
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people are employed at the firm of Donaghadee Carpets; how many redundancies there have been at this firm in the last four weeks; whether the firm is receiving the support of the IDB.; and if he will make a statement on future employment prospects with this company.
§ Mr. Needham
[holding answer 5 February 1990]: CV Carpets Ltd. employs 460 at Donaghadee. The management and trade union representatives are in discussion about manning levels and working practices, but no redundancies have been made or announced in the last four weeks. The company is in receipt of selective financial assistance from the IDB for a capital investment programme which should provide an increase in employment over the next 18 months; the extent of that support is, as usual, dependent on achievement of the forecast employment levels.