Northern Ireland already has a good international profile maintained through trade missions and participation in international business, cultural and sporting events. We are continuing to build on the talents of the people of Northern Ireland and the fact that the economy is buoyant, with low unemployment and rising employment, productivity and exports.
My hon. Friend is right: there are two huge and fast-growing economies in China and India, and we need to be proactive to take advantage of them. I recently took a small delegation of businesses from Northern Ireland to China and opened our Shanghai office. A number of local businesses are going to India with Enterprise Northern Ireland, and the Secretary of State has plans for a trade mission to India later this year. We are very proactive, but we must ensure that the people of Northern Ireland have the skills to take advantage of the investment. That is why the Secretary of State has launched our skills and science strategy.
One of the best ways to promote the international profile of Northern Ireland is to emphasise the links between Belfast and the Titanic. At the moment, the last remaining White Star vessel afloat in the world—SS Nomadic—is on sale and ready to go to the scrap heap. Will the Department for Culture, Arts and Leisure give money to ensure that that important artefact is brought back to its home in Belfast, so that it can be used to promote the Province and the city of Belfast for future generations?
Many of us would like to see the SS Nomadic came back to Northern Ireland. Although I am not the Minister with responsibility for culture, arts and leisure, I have met those responsible. I understand that a favourable loan was offered to the council to try to address the issue. We are working across Departments in partnership with the council to find out whether we can do something to help, but we must consider all the associated costs.