§ 25. Mr. Borrow
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the work of the Equality Commission in Northern Ireland. 
§ Mr. George Howarth
The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland was appointed on 2 August and took over the functions exercised by its predecessors on596W 1 October. The commissioners have received training in their new role and are pressing ahead with the broadened equality agenda. The first formal meeting of the commission took place on 14 October 1999.