Assembly: Committee on Standing Orders

Part of the debate – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 6:15 pm on 1st July 1998.

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Photo of Ian Paisley Ian Paisley Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party 6:15 pm, 1st July 1998

The original draft of the Order Paper listed four Ulster Unionist Party members, three Social Democratic and Labour Party members, three people from the Democratic Unionist Party, three from Sinn Fein and one each from the other parties. I do not understand how that can suddenly have changed today. I understand that the meeting was called for 11 o’clock. My Whip was there, but it did not begin until 11.30 am. Even though the Social Democratic and Labour Party’s Whip was not at the meeting, we have these changes. I understand that party members had business in Londonderry.