HC Deb 21 March 1996 vol 274 c306W
26. Mr. John Greenway

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the prospects for the Northern Ireland economy. [20435]

Mr. Ancram

Prospects for the Northern Ireland economy remain encouraging. Employment is at record levels, output and trade are increasing and we would wish this excellent progress to be maintained. Nonetheless, Northern Ireland's economic prospects would be significantly more assured through a permanent end to paramilitary violence.