142780 - City Deals: Northern Ireland (Answered)

Mr Gregory Campbell
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the timescale is for the Belfast and Londonderry city deals to become fully operational.

Mr Shailesh Vara

The Government has set out several public commitments, including in the Budget and in the Confidence and Supply Agreement, to work towards a ‘comprehensive and ambitious’ set of City Deals across Northern Ireland.

Negotiations have been opened for a Belfast City Regions deal; however, a timetable has not been set to deliver a City Deal for Belfast or for Londonderry. A timetable cannot be agreed until proposals are completed and submitted to Government. Officials from across Whitehall and the Northern Ireland Civil Service have been engaging with partners on their proposals.