Former Speaker MLA for South Antrim
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Thank you, Minister and Members. That concludes questions on the statement. Adjourned at 9.07 pm.
I say this for guidance, because we have a significant list. Obviously, Members can ask a question of the Minister on the statement. If, in fact, they want to express their own wishes and it is not a question, that might facilitate me to bring more Members into the discussion. However, people are entitled to ask a question of the Minister if they so wish.
I call Mrs Judith Cochrane — I am sure you have been waiting for this moment — to conclude the Final Stage.
Former Speaker, and MLA for South Antrim
Entered the Assembly on 25 June 1998 — General election
Left the Assembly on 24 March 2016 — Election
Also represented Foyle
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