§ 30. Ms Osborne
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what efforts she is making to encourage the involvement of women in public life in Northern Ireland. 
§ Mr. Paul Murphy
I would like to assure my hon. Friend that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State and her Ministers take every appropriate opportunity presented to them to promote and encourage the involvement of women in public life in Northern Ireland. We do so both publicly, including in this House and at Political Forums in Northern Ireland, and privately at suitable occasions during Northern Ireland engagements.