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Budget 2016-17

Part of Executive Committee Business – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 5:30 pm on 19th January 2016.

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Photo of William Irwin William Irwin DUP 5:30 pm, 19th January 2016

I thank the Member for his intervention. I totally agree with the Member that research and development is vital to the future of our industry in Northern Ireland, and every effort must be made to find more finance and support for it. As has already been said, in Scotland and Wales, the mainland, and even the Republic of Ireland, extra funding is being put into research and development. That is vital for the future of the industry.