§ 13. Mr. Woolas
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress is being made on the establishment of a civic forum in Northern Ireland. 
§ Mr. Mandelson
On 16 February 1999 the Assembly agreed a report from the First and Deputy First Ministers (designate) which included arrangements for a consultative Civic Forum. The report identified the sectoral interests which should be represented and guidelines which should be adhered to by nominating bodies. Work is ongoing to ensure the establishment of the Civic Forum within six months of devolution.