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Only Executive will solve industrial de-rating issue in the Six Counties

6 June, 2006

Sinn Féin South Belfast MLA Alex Maskey has said that only an Executive with locally accountable ministers will resolve the difficulties around the industrial de-rating issue.

Mr Maskey said:

"The approach of British direct rule Ministers to the issue of the ending of industrial de-rating has been very poor.

"It clear that we need a much wider in depth look at industrial de-rating, and rating of all businesses and the systems of supports particularly for indigenous small and medium size enterprises that play such a key role in the economy.

"A cross-party delegation including representatives of all of the political parties here has already met with Peter Hain.

"While I fully appreciate the concerns of the manufacturing group the fact is that the only thing that will make a difference to how this issue is dealt with, and indeed the wider concerns about the long-term future of our
economy is a fully functioning inclusive Executive." ENDS

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