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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Economy – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:15 pm on 12th October 2021.

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Photo of Gordon Lyons Gordon Lyons DUP 2:15 pm, 12th October 2021

Absolutely. I recognise the impact that those world market increases are having not only on businesses in Northern Ireland but on consumers. I am concerned about the impact that that will have, especially as time goes on. We are certainly in a very uncertain time. Later this week, I will meet my counterpart, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

We can also do things here to help. The Department for Communities takes the lead on fuel poverty issues, and, in my Department, we focus on energy efficiency, which is really important. We should all be aware of that because using less energy will contribute to lower energy costs.