§ Mr. Beggs
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what representation has been made to the Government of the Irish Republic to protect future investors from Northern Ireland who invest in companies in the Irish Republic which have links with investment companies in jurisdictions outside the United Kingdom and the Irish Republic;
(2) what discussions have taken place with the authorities of the Irish Republic about International Investments Ltd. (Gibraltar);
(3) whether he will request the Government of the Irish Republic to investigate the International Investment Ltd. fraud.
§ Mr. Mates
No discussions have taken place with, or representations made to, the Government of the Irish Republic in respect of International Investments Limited. As I understand the position, this company was registered in Gibraltar and not in the United Kingdom and is now in liquidation. The liquidation is, therefore, a matter for the Gibraltar authorities and the responsibility for making representations to other Governments regarding International Investments Ltd. does not lie with Her Majesty's Government.