Mr. John D. Taylor
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the Industrial Development Board last participated in a joint venture with(a) the Scottish Development Agency and (b) the Southern Irish Development Authority; and if he will make a statement about co-operation by the Industrial Development Board with equivalent organisations in Scotland and the Republic of Ireland.
§ Mr. Tim Smith
Since 1992 the Industrial Development Board for Northern Ireland and the Irish Trade Board have participated in a series of joint programmes aimed at stimulating cross-border trade. The programmes have included a series of joint exhibitions to promote sub-contracting opportunities for local companies and joint product promotions outside the island of Ireland. The most recent event was a joint sub-contract exhibition organised in Londonderry in March 1994.962W
No joint ventures have been entered into with the Irish Development Authority or the Scottish Development Agency.