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Ace Programme

Volume 115: debated on Friday 1 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many jobs are currently available through the ACE programme; how many applicants have sought the chance to establish an ACE project in Northern Ireland since its inception; how many jobs have been created; how many proposals have been turned down; and how many are awaiting a decision.

There are currently 6,886 ACE jobs in existence; 1,591 applicants have applied to establish an ACE project since the scheme was introduced. The average number of ACE jobs created each year since 1981 is as follows:

PeriodAverage number of jobs created
1981–82430
1982–831,270
1983–842,529
1984–853,080
1985–863,890
1986–876,150

Note: 26 proposals have been rejected; and 118 new proposals at present await a decision.