§ Mr. Trimble
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average financial assistance offered by Invest Northern Ireland was per job retained in each of the last five years. 
§ Mr. Gardiner
The following table shows the number of jobs expected to be retained as a result of projects secured between 1998–99 and 2002–03, and the assistance Invest NI offered to retain those jobs. The information in the table does not reflect all job retention as a result of Invest NI activity, but is restricted to those generally larger indigenous businesses and inward investors for which information on job promotions/retentions are available.
Assistance offered for retained jobs Financial year Expected
1998–99 2,931 17,430,392 5,947 1999–2000 1,796 14,059,950 7,828 2000–01 1,896 11,936,019 6,295 2001–02 1,711 15,351,204 8,972 2002–03 4,175 26,974,296 6,461