asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they will provide a clear definition of each of the following terms that are regularly used to describe the progress of Government in the provision of new employment in Northern Ireland: (i) "jobs created"; (ii) "jobs promoted"; (iii) "jobs negotiated"; (iv) "jobs approved"; (v) "jobs sponsored".
The term "jobs promoted" is defined as the number of jobs which a company undertakes to create, over a period of years, in return for a promise of a given amount of selective financial assistance from Government normally phased over the same period. "Jobs created" represent the number of jobs which actually materialise as a result of a company receiving Government selective financial assistance. The terms "jobs negotiated" and "jobs approved" are synonyms for "jobs promoted". "Jobs sponsored" represent the total number of jobs which are in existence at a given date in companies in Northern Ireland whose creation was originally aided by selective financial assistance from Government.