UK committed to £61m aid plan for Hualon plant
Tuesday 07 February 1995
The Hualon aid was originally blocked by the EC, but the ruling was retracted after strong lobbying from the UK Government. Sources in Brussels said Baroness Denton was attempting to head off calls for another EU inquiry.
The Northern Ireland Office would only confirm that Baroness Denton met officials, including EU competition commissioner Karel Van Miert. The Government argues that the project would create 1,800 jobs at a factory producing low-value material of the sortalready imported from the Far East.
Opponents believe Hualon will produce high-value goods in direct competition with UK and European factories.
Hualon has been tainted by fraud scandals. Its head, Oung Ta-ming, has been released on bail pending investigation into an £81m default on the payment of shares.
Last year a non executive director of the Northern Ireland Industrial Development Board, Jennifer D'Abo, resigned after saying important financial details about the project had been withheld from her.
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