§ Mr. Mallon
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what consideration has been given to creating employment for employees of the Northern Ireland Customs Service who will be surplus to customs requirements after 1992.
§ Mr. Needham
The Industrial Development Board for Northern Ireland is leading an initiative aimed at attracting Government work from the south-east of England to Northern Ireland and is achieving success. The recent and very welcome decision by HM Customs and Excise to transfer 100 VAT administration jobs from London to Newry will go a long way to providing work for Customs and Excise staff who will become surplus to requirements in 1992. The IDB is continuing its efforts to attract more work from both the public and private sectors in Great Britain.