§ 20. Mr. Mackinlay
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will make a statement on progress in drafting legislation for the assembly and the formation of the Executive. 
§ Marjorie Mowlam
The Northern Ireland (Elections) Act 1998, providing for the holding of elections to the new Northern Ireland Assembly, received Royal Assent on 7 May 1998. It will permit the meeting of the Assembly in shadow form, and the designation of shadow Ministers, as provided for in the Belfast Agreement.
Legislation giving further effect to the Agreement, including the discharge of Executive functions, will be presented to the House later.