Assisted Areas: Northern Ireland

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the written ministerial statement of 28 June 2011, on Government response to consultation on revisions to the Industrial Development Act 1982, how much businesses in Northern Ireland have received under the assisted area status scheme in the latest year for which figures are available; and what estimate he has made of the effect in monetary terms of his proposal to end automatic 100% assisted area status for Northern Ireland.

Photo of Mark Prisk Mark Prisk The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Economic development and regional aid spending is a devolved matter and as such the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has not made an estimate in monetary terms of the impact of removing Northern Ireland's 100% automatic assisted area status. Reduced coverage for Northern Ireland would mean that regional aid is more restricted geographically but would not in itself mean that Northern Ireland would be able to give less regional aid. Once the UK Government have consulted on the assisted areas map for the UK and it is agreed with the European Commission, it will be for the Northern Ireland Government to decide how much regional aid is given in line with the regional aid guidelines in force.

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