Wrightbus (Ballymena)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:18 pm on 30th September 2019.

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Photo of Julian Smith Julian Smith The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 3:18 pm, 30th September 2019

I am deeply disappointed by the news that Wrightbus has had to enter administration. This is a real blow for the people of Ballymena. A number of redundancies have been announced. This clearly creates an extremely difficult situation for all those who have lost their jobs and for their families. Support will be provided to those affected via the Northern Ireland civil service, and I—along with my hon. Friends—will continue to do everything that I can, as I have been doing over the weekend and in previous weeks, to work with Invest Northern Ireland and Government colleagues to support any potential purchaser of the business or assets who may be identified during the process of administration.