Assembly: Committee on Standing Orders

Part of the debate – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 6:30 pm on 1st July 1998.

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Photo of Lord John Alderdice Lord John Alderdice Initial Presiding Officer 6:30 pm, 1st July 1998

If we had taken that view we could not have planned anything, and neither your party nor anybody else would have been represented. That is the reality of our imperfect situation. It is always easier to sort out legal matters where there is a corpus of law of long standing.