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 Simon Hoare Simon Hoare Chair, Northern Ireland Affairs Committee 3:18 pm, 30th September 2019

Is my right hon. Friend able to make any comment on what seems to be an absurdly large religious donation made by the owners of Wrightbus in recent years? Although the donation was made when the company was profitable, reports cite a figure in the region of £15 million, which seems grossly excessive. Given that these are jobs that Northern Ireland can ill afford to lose, will my right hon. Friend also give some thought to how we can ensure that this matter does not fall between the two stools of its being a devolved matter and there being no devolved Assembly to pick up the reins and run with it?