§ Mr. Beggs
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will take steps to encourage more potential overseas investors in the United Kingdom to include a visit to Northern Ireland in their fact-finding itinerary, prior to making a decision on where to site new industry in the United Kingdom.
§ Mr. Tim Smith
The Industrial Development Board for Northern Ireland continues to work closely with the Invest in Britain Bureau of the Department of Trade and Industry to ensure that prospective inward investors visiting the United Kingdom have the opportunity to include a visit to Northern Ireland on their itinerary. Independently from the Department of Trade and Industry the Industrial Development Board organises a number of visits to Northern Ireland for potential investors from its target markets overseas through its network of overseas offices placed in these strategic regions.