Enterprise Ulster

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th June 1985.

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Photo of Mr Stuart Randall Mr Stuart Randall , Kingston upon Hull West 12:00 am, 13th June 1985

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the planned level of funding for Enterprise Ulster for the financial year 1985–86.

Photo of Dr Rhodes Boyson Dr Rhodes Boyson , Brent North

A total of £7·1 million, Sir.

Photo of Mr Stuart Randall Mr Stuart Randall , Kingston upon Hull West

Is it not a fact that funding in real terms has increased, yet the minimum target for 1985–86 of 1,000 newly created jobs has remained the same?

Photo of Dr Rhodes Boyson Dr Rhodes Boyson , Brent North

What the hon. Gentleman says is broadly true. The cost per individual of the Enterprise Ulster scheme is much higher than the cost of, say, the ACE scheme. The net cost of the Enterprise Ulster scheme is £1,899 per head, compared with £345 per head for the ACE scheme. The planned level of funding for Enterprise Ulster was set to ascertain how many jobs could be done under that scheme compared with other schemes.