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Northern Ireland Office written question – answered on 30th October 2019.

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Photo of Chris Green Chris Green Conservative, Bolton West

What recent assessment he has made of the economic importance of the tech sector to Northern Ireland.

Photo of Julian Smith Julian Smith The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland continues to benefit from the decision taken by this Government to build a stronger economy across the whole of the United Kingdom. Of particular importance, is the Tech Sector, which provides highly skilled and rewarding jobs, as well as boosting innovation.

The UK Government has announced economic investments of over £600m through City and Growth Deals and other initiatives that cover all 11 councils in Northern Ireland. This provides an excellent opportunity for each to enrich their Tech Sector capabilities, including digital and R&D innovations; and clearly demonstrates the Government’s continued support for the development of skills provision and growth in this innovative sector.

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