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 Robert McCartney Robert McCartney UKUP 6:15 pm, 1st July 1998

It is a very short point. I received the Order Paper at 2.05 pm, as did most other Members, and it would have been very difficult to give the notice required for an amendment. I was debating in the Chamber along with everybody else.

You have your Standing Orders, Mr Initial Presiding Officer, but circumstances alter cases. There have been all sorts of alarms and diversions on this the Assembly’s first day, and documents have arrived late — in some cases, when Members were already in the Chamber. In those circumstances how could the hour’s notice which, apparently, these Standing Orders require have been given?