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Certificates And Licences

Volume 949: debated on Friday 12 May 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, in the case of those certificates and licences for the issue of which he has responsibility, whether the fees for issue have been increased by a greater amount or a greater percentage than that represented by a rise from £2·50 in 1973 to £13 in 1978.

, pursuant to his reply [Official Report 24th April 1978; Vol. 948, c. 494], gave the following information:Following is a list of those certificates and licences for which the cost has increased by more than £10·50 or 420 per cent. since 1973.

Five staff from the Department of Commerce are currently engaged in industrial promotion work outside the United Kingdom. Three are based in New York, one in Stuttgart, and one in Brussels. In addition one officer, based in Belfast, covers Japan. The work of these officers, who operate from the offices of the Northern Ireland Industrial Development Organisation, is augmented by the employment of three consultants on a part-time basis in Tokyo, Dusseldorf and Montreaux. Their main duty is to present to companies the excellent opportunities which Northern Ireland has to offer as a location for new investment, which have unfortunately been masked by the events of recent years.

TOTAL UNEMPLOYED REGISTERED DISABLED (APRIL)
19741975197619771978
Males1,4291,4421,7751,8621,757
As a percentage of the total number of registered disabled people(10·4%)(10·57%)(13·27%)(14·23%)(14·24%)
Females288288334359381
As a percentage of the total number of registered disabled people(2·02%)(2·11%)(2·49%)(2·74%)(3·08%)
Total people1,7171,7302,1092,2212,138
As a percentage of the total number of registered disabled people(12·06%)(12·68%)(15·76%)(16·97%)(17·32%)