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