Assembly: Committee on Standing Orders

Part of the debate – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 6:00 pm on 1st July 1998.

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Photo of Peter Robinson Peter Robinson DUP 6:00 pm, 1st July 1998

There will often be differences in the Assembly, but let us not try to create difficulties when there is no need. The rule to which you refer does not exclude the possibility of the Assembly’s nominating one of these three individuals to the Committee. It sets out a right for those parties that have two members or more to be represented, but it does not prevent the Assembly from exercising its powers for the purposes of its own business. We have had a lot of talk about how inclusive this process should be; now let us have some evidence.