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Industrial Development Act (Northern Ireland) 2002

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10.In arriving at the decision to create a single economic development agency at arm’s length from Government, a wide range of options was considered. These included integration of service delivery entirely within DETI; the status quo; minor variations from the status quo; a ‘lead agency’ scenario; and the setting up of a single agency both inside and outside Government.

11.The assessment process concluded that the amalgamation of services into a single agency, rather than a reduction in the number of agencies, or the centralising of common services, offers the greatest scope for clarity and consistency in service provision and the greatest potential for cost saving.

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