Part of Northern Ireland Bill – in the House of Lords at 4:45 pm on 11th March 2009.

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Photo of Lord Glentoran Lord Glentoran Shadow Minister (the Olympics), Culture, Media & Sport, Shadow Minister, Northern Ireland, Shadow Minister, Wales 4:45 pm, 11th March 2009

The noble Lord, Lord Ashdown, will see that on page 6, subsection (11) states:

"The relevant Minister shall cease to hold office if— the Minister resigns by notice in writing to the First Minister and the deputy First Minister,

(b) the Minister ceases to be a member of the Assembly otherwise than by virtue of a dissolution, or

(c) the Assembly resolves that the Minister is to cease to hold office".

There is nothing about the First Minister or the Deputy First Minister doing a deal to get rid of the Minister; it is the Assembly which decides.