asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he has completed his plans to simplify the existing arrangements for promoting employment and industry in the Province.
My right hon. Friend the then Secretary of State made a statement on economic development in Northern Ireland on 13 August, a copy of which was placed in the Library. Work is still proceeding on the plans he announced then for the creation both of a Department of Economic Development, and of an industrial development board under its aegis. My right hon. Friend hopes to publish proposals early in 1982 for draft Orders-in-Council setting up the new department and the board.