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Part of Northern Ireland Bill – in the House of Lords at 4:30 pm on 11th March 2009.

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Photo of Baroness Royall of Blaisdon Baroness Royall of Blaisdon President of the Council, Privy Council Office, Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council (Privy Council Office) 4:30 pm, 11th March 2009

The discussions in the Executive are private, and I do not know what the voting was. The vote in the Assembly was not unanimous. I believe that the SDLP did not vote against the proposal in the Assembly, but, as I understand it, the Ulster Unionists did. That is democracy is action.

In response to the noble Lord's question, I refer him to new Section 3D(6), which states:

"Once one member has been nominated, no further nominations may be made unless and until sub-paragraph (7) applies".

Sub-paragraph (7) states:

"If—

(a) the nomination does not take effect within a period specified in standing orders, or

(b) the nominated person does not take up the office for which the person has been nominated within that period, a further nomination of a member of the Assembly may be made under sub-paragraph (4)".

I hope that that clarifies the position.