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Northern Ireland

Volume 579: debated on Monday 28 April 2014

Cost of Living

The following is the answer given by the Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office, the right hon. Member for South Leicestershire (Mr Robathan) to the hon. Member for Harrow East (Bob Blackman) during Northern Ireland Question Time on 2 April 2014.

Given that getting a job is the most important element in alleviating cost of living problems, will my right hon. Friend elucidate the measures that the Northern Ireland Office has taken to promote private sector investment so that new firms come into Northern Ireland?

My hon. Friend will know that last June an economic pact was signed by the Northern Ireland Executive and others that looked forward to a rebalanced economy with more private sector jobs. In the last year some 10,000 jobs have been created in the private sector. As I have said, we are expecting another 13,000 this year, and 23,000 new jobs over the next year.

[Official Report, 2 April 2014, Vol. 578, c. 868.]

Letter of correction from Andrew Robathan:

An error has been identified in an oral answer given on 2 April 2014. The correct answer should have been:

My hon. Friend will know that last June an economic pact was signed by the Northern Ireland Executive and others that looked forward to a rebalanced economy with more private sector jobs. In the last year some 10,000 jobs have been created in the private sector. As I have said, we are expecting another 13,000 this year, and 23,000 new jobs over the next two years.