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Question Time: Enterprise and Environment

The Enterprise Minister, Arlene Foster, told the Assembly she was "ecstatic that the G8 conference is coming to Fermanagh", on 20 November 2012.

Mrs Foster said the Prime Minister had described Fermanagh as "one of the most beautiful parts of the United Kingdom".

In reply to a question from the DUP's Stephen Moutray, the minister said the conference offered a wonderful opportunity for companies and for the tourist industry.

Mrs Foster was asked about her recent trip to China.

She said there was a broad range of opportunities for Northern Ireland companies in China.

The minister listed some examples of companies exporting to the country, including the Wrightbus company of Ballymena and Glenarm Salmon.

Environment Minister Alex Attwood replied to questions on matters including planning, development rights in the agriculture sector and dereliction interventions in town centres.

The UUP's Michael McGimpsey wanted to see a moratorium on planning permission for out-of-town shopping centres for 10 years.

The minister said that if he tried to introduce such a measure it would end up in the courts.

He said he did agree with the principle of "town centre first".


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