HC Deb 18 June 1997 vol 296 cc206-7W
Mr. McGrady

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many jobs were created by the Industrial Development Board from 1 April 1996 to 31 March 1997; how many were the result of inward investment contracts; and what are the locations of these jobs. [3062]

Mr. Ingram

Information on job creations is not available in the manner requested or by location. However, details of jobs promoted by the Industrial Development Board in 1996–97 are available by district council area and are set out in the table. The Industrial Development Board's own research shows that companies create approximately 70 per cent. of all promoted jobs over a period of three to five years after acceptance of the Industrial Development Board's offer of assistance.

Jobs promoted by the Industrial Development Board 1 April 1996 to 31 March 1997
District council area Total jobs promoted Inward investment jobs included in total jobs
Antrim 35 20
Armagh 11
Ballymena 290 290
Ballymoney 73 73
Banbridge 40
Belfast 930 781
Carrickfergus 76
Castlereagh 85 44
Coleraine 68
Cookstown 39
Craigaon 132 45
Derry 543 340
Down 38
Dungannon 434 344
Fermanagh 95
Larne 369 369
Limavady 789 759
Lisburn 706 566
Magherafelt 51
Newry and Mourne 152 131
Newtownabbey 805 779
North Down 14
Omagh 115
Strabane 115 100
Total 6,005 4,641

Mr. McGrady

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will make a statement about job creation and industrial development in Northern Ireland, with particular reference to inward investment in South Down. [3061]

Mr. Ingram

The Government attaches a high priority to strengthening the Northern Ireland economy and a key component of this is the activity of the Department of Economic Development and its Economic Development Agencies to help Northern Ireland companies become internationally competitive and to attract high quality internationally mobile investments leading to growth in durable employment.

The industrial development board's remit of attracting inward investment extends to all parts of Northern Ireland, including the South Down area. Under this remit particular emphasis is placed on encouraging investments to locate in disadvantaged areas and parts of the South Down constituency fall within these designated areas.