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Job Losses in Manufacturing Industry

Part of Private Notice Question – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 4:00 pm on 20th April 2009.

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Photo of Simon Hamilton Simon Hamilton DUP 4:00 pm, 20th April 2009

I join with the Minister and others in expressing my concern at the job losses, particularly those at Bombardier Shorts, which most directly affect my constituency and constituents. Does the Minister agree with me that those job losses underscore the importance of the CSeries project? Given the importance of the manufacturing sector to the Northern Ireland economy despite these job losses, can the Minister confirm that she, her Department, the Executive and Invest Northern Ireland remain committed to the manufacturing sector in Northern Ireland, and will she outline how that commitment is manifested?