Jennette Arnold (AM): Chair, we did, with your support, want to just raise the issue about violence against women and girls, especially the domestic violence promise which we welcome from the Mayor. The Mayor said in his 2012 manifesto,
'I will work with the Police, Boroughs, National Health Service, Home Office and the Crown Prosecution Service to commission and fund a pan-London domestic violence service and maintain the number of Independent Domestic Violence Advocates (IDVA).'
Those are Independent Domestic Violence Advocates. Now, I have two pages of questions so clearly I will not be able to address those, Chair. If I can just seek an assurance from the Mayor though that given the importance of this issue to certainly 51% of the population, will he give an assurance that this policy will go through thorough and transparent consultation, allowing input
Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Absolutely.
Jennette Arnold (AM): Can I finish? From boroughs, the Health Service and particularly from domestic violence organisations? I say this, Mr Mayor, and you know where I am coming from, as somebody who was there at the start of the pan-London domestic violence project that kicked off in 2000, we regretted it that you did not feel able to support it and finished it in 2008.
So, as we have said, before you start this new policy area for development, will you have the widest and the most thorough consultation and ensure that round the table are those domestic violence organisations who currently work with the IDVAs who, for those who do not know, these are workers who work with the most severe cases, those at risk of homicide. So, can we have your assurance?