Assembly: Committee on Standing Orders

Part of the debate – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 6:45 pm on 1st July 1998.

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Photo of Mr Cedric Wilson Mr Cedric Wilson UKUP 6:45 pm, 1st July 1998

Mr McGrady believes that the Social Democratic and Labour Party needs an additional member on this Committee. The party Whips will be in a very difficult position if they are presented with a fait accompli — a situation completely different from that which they relayed to their members.

It is regrettable that we were not informed of this late change. As Mr Ford has said, Mr Morrow and I argued the case of the Independents. I thought that we would be returning to the matter.

Those who attended all the Whips’ meetings are being disadvantaged. The SDLP and Sinn Fein Members absented themselves, but they seem to have more clout.