HC Deb 24 February 1999 vol 326 c328W
10. Ms Southworth

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment she has made of the eleven city tour's impact on the competitiveness of the Northern Ireland economy. [71207]

Mr. Ingram

Intense cultivation of contacts made on the Tour is well under way. Visits from prospective investors are flowing and a number of serious investment interests are under discussion. Securing projects can take several months or even years, however. It will therefore be some time before the Tour's full economic impact can be assessed.