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McGuinness – new jobs and investment in infrastructure

25 October, 2007

Thousands of new jobs and billions of pounds of investment in infrastructure are at the centre of plans announced in the Assembly by the First Minister and deputy First Minister.

The Draft Programme for Government sets out plans to create 6,500 new jobs by 2011 with 600 companies becoming exporters for the first time in the same period.

The Draft Investment Strategy will see £5.6 billion spent on infrastructure projects in the next three years -25% more than in the last three years of Direct Rule.

Outlining the proposed Investment Strategy, also unanimously agreed by the full Executive, deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said:

"Over the next ten years we plan to invest £18billion towards ensuring we have the infrastructure we need to deliver for all our people. In the next three years we will invest 25% more in infrastructure than the Direct Rule regime did in the last three years. The Executive is making a real difference.

"We are determined to make sure that we continue to make a difference as we all move forward together. For example we will be delivering major works at more than 100 schools, including eight special schools, to make sure our children are taught in first class facilities. We will also be ensuring that young families have access to social and affordable housing and that our roads and water infrastructure is brought up to 21st century standards."

The Draft Programme for Government and the Draft Investment Strategy will now be the subject of a 10 week public consultation process.

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