The comments made by Owen Paterson, the then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on 18 October 2010.
This is a very significant week for Northern Ireland. On Wednesday the Chancellor will announce measures to tackle the huge deficit that the coalition government inherited, the biggest in the G20. This will present challenges but it will also open up opportunities. The Coalition is determined to create the conditions for sustained economic growth. That can only be for the long term good of Northern Ireland.
I will be doing everything in my power to help Northern Ireland attract inward investment and welcome the opportunity to discuss this and other issues with Secretary of State Clinton.