To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions she has had with UK Trade & Investment since the 2013 Investment Conference on following-up opportunities for investment and trade into Northern Ireland.
UKTI promotes trade and investment across the UK and works closely with Invest NI in respect of opportunities of specific interest to Northern Ireland. Both organisations worked closely together to deliver a very successful investment conference in October 2013. I have yet to meet Crispin Simon, the newly appointed acting head of UKTI, but hope to meet either him or the new permanent head of UKTI, when appointed, at some point in the future. My Department engages with UKTI at all levels.
I continue to work closely with Arlene Foster MLA, the Northern Ireland Executive Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment in respect of promoting trade and investment to Northern Ireland. Last year we jointly held the Northern Ireland investment seminar at Lancaster House for selected high commissions and embassies. We are currently issuing joint invitations to those high commissioners and ambassadors to lead trade delegations to Northern Ireland during the course of 2014.