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Volume 301: debated on Wednesday 26 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proposals she has to take affirmative action on employment measures for areas of serious economic and social deprivation in Northern Ireland. [16259]

The Department of Economic Development's Action Plans for targeting employment measures on disadvantaged areas over the period 1995–98 are currently being implemented by its economic development agencies. In addition further consideration is being given to these issues in light of the recent report on employment equality published by the Standing Advisory Commission on Human Rights. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State hopes to publish a full response early next year.