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Economic Difficulties

Part of Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:30 am on 13th October 2008.

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Photo of Simon Hamilton Simon Hamilton DUP 2:30 am, 13th October 2008

I thank the First Minister for his comprehensive answer. He is well aware that the construction industry — one of the crucial sectors of the economy — is under particular pressure, with estimates of thousands of job losses by Christmas, and evidence already of job losses at the raw-materials end of the sector. The First Minister has already mentioned this matter in a previous answer, but can he outline exactly how those major public infrastructure projects can be rolled out and accelerated as quickly as possible to give a boost to that important sector?