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Economy: Northern Ireland

House of Lords written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Lord Kilclooney Lord Kilclooney Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 7 July (WA 95), whether their consultation paper Rebalancing the Northern Ireland Economy was made known to any newspaper or radio broadcasters outside Belfast; and whether the existence of the consultation paper was advertised in any newspaper or radio station in Northern Ireland.

Photo of Lord Sassoon Lord Sassoon The Commercial Secretary to the Treasury

The Government recognise the importance of engaging fully with individuals, practitioners, businesses and other organisations in the development of tax policy.

In addition to the press invited to the launch event on 24 March, which I detailed in my Answer of 7 July, the Chancellor announced the consultation in his Budget speech, which was broadcast live on national television. The consultation was not advertised in the media. However, it was published on the HM Treasury website and there has been considerable media interest which has generated significant coverage in Northern Ireland, as well as some coverage nationally.

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