asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the impact of the Budget on reducing unemployment in the Province.
[pursuant to his reply, 1 April 1985, c. 484]: The 1985 Budget will improve labour market prospects in Northern Ireland, as in the rest of the United Kingdom, by continuing the Government's strategy to control inflation and create the conditions in which enterprise and initiative can flourish. The increases in personal tax allowances and the restructuring of National insurance contributions will help to increase the opportunities and incentives for employment at wages that businesses can afford. For illustration, it will now cost an employer £3 per week less to take on an employee at £90 per week, and the employee will take home £3 more out of the same £90 wage.
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to reduce unemployment in the Province; and if he will make a statement.
[pursuant to his reply, 1 April 1985, c. 484]: The Government are continuing their efforts to stimulate the revival of the Northern Ireland economy and to promote a climate favourable to innovation and enterprise of all kinds. The measures announced in last month's Budget add further impetus to these efforts, particularly in relation to the creation of new employment.