Short Brothers plc

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:31 pm on 7th June 1989.

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Photo of Mr Michael Brown Mr Michael Brown , Brigg and Cleethorpes 3:31 pm, 7th June 1989

does my right hon. Friend agree that one of the problems with the Northern Ireland economy over the past 20 years of political and security troubles is that it has been heavily dependent on the Government? One of the joys of his statement—although initially some hon. Members may recoil in horror at the amount of public funds being made available—is the prospect for the future of the Northern Ireland economy and Shorts in particular. We are transferring a substantial part of the economy to the private sector, thereby offering greater stability and prosperity for the future of the Northern Ireland economy.