§ Lord Kilclooney
asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the total cost of the civic forum created by the Belfast agreement; and what it has achieved. [HL512]
§ Baroness Amos
Northern Ireland Civic Forum1 2000–01 145,000 2001–02 450,000
Includes cost of salaries, administration, meetings, members' expenses, printing of reports and researchers.
The civic forum has provided input to the following issues being taken forward by Northern Ireland departments: the review of post-primary education; promoting social inclusion: consultation on future priorities; draft bill of rights; a commissioner for children for Northern Ireland; investing in health; draft programme for government 2001–02; draft programme for government 2002–03; review of community relations policy; task force on employability and long-term unemployed; victims strategy; and a response to the review of the Parades Commission.
The civic forum also published two reports: The regional strategy for promoting social inclusion was published in June 2002; and the report entitled Can do Better —Educational Disadvantage in the context of life long learning was launched in September 2002.