§ Mr. Worthington
I am aware that the European Women's Lobby is proposing to hold a conference for non-governmental organisations on domestic violence during the UK Presidency of the European Union. I welcome this and will try to support it in whatever way I can. In my view, Northern Ireland would be an ideal location for such an event. The Northern Ireland Regional Forum on Domestic Violence and the more recent local networks provide a good model for effective inter-agency 41W working in this field. We are bringing forward new legislation to strengthen and extend the law in Northern Ireland to protect women from domestic violence.