One Plan:  Regeneration

Oral Answers to Questions – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:15 pm on 17th February 2014.

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Photo of Pat Ramsey Pat Ramsey Social Democratic and Labour Party 3:15 pm, 17th February 2014

2. asked the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment whether she or her officials have had any discussions with the Ilex regeneration company in my constituency regarding the economic regeneration elements of the One Plan. (AQT 732/11-15)

Photo of Arlene Foster Arlene Foster DUP

No, I have not had any discussions, but that does not mean that the Department has not had discussions.  I am, of course, aware of the One Plan, and we very much support the overarching vision that the One Plan brings not only to the city but to the north-west.  I will be happy to meet the Member to consider such a request.

Photo of Pat Ramsey Pat Ramsey Social Democratic and Labour Party

I thank the Minister for her response and for her cooperation in teasing the issue out.  Is the Minister aware of the U4D launch last week?  That campaign points out very clearly that the most important economic regeneration plan ever to come into the city would be the expansion of Magee.  In its words, the development of Magee would lead to combating one of the highest levels of unemployment in the region.

Photo of Arlene Foster Arlene Foster DUP

I am aware of the campaign and its very capable spokespersons, who very often remind the Executive about the issue.  However, as the Member will no doubt be aware, that is not a matter for me but for the Minister for Employment and Learning, and I presume that he will have been listening last week to the case that was put forward.