Operations of the Assembly

Part of Assembly Standing Orders – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 4:45 pm on 8th March 1999.

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Photo of Lord John Alderdice Lord John Alderdice Initial Presiding Officer 4:45 pm, 8th March 1999

There voted 87 Members. Of Nationalists, there voted 34 for and none against, which is 100%. Of Unionists, there voted 27 for and 25 against, which is 51.9% for. The total vote for is 71.26%. I declare the amendment carried.

Amendment accordingly agreed to.

Standing Order 9, as amended, agreed to.

Standing Order 10 (Sittings and Adjournments of the Assembly)

Amendments Nos 1A, 1B, 2A and 2B not moved.

Standing Order 10 agreed to.

Standing Order 11 (Earlier Meetings of the Assembly) agreed to.

Standing Order 12 (Public Business)

Amendment (No 36) made:

Standing Order 12, as amended, agreed to.

Standing Order 13 (Private Business) agreed to.

Standing Order 14 (Seconders) agreed to.

Standing Order 15 (Amendments)

Amendment (No 35) made:

Standing Order 15, as amended, agreed to.

Standing Order 16 (Delaying Motions)

Amendment (No 34) made:

"Where a motion is made for the adjournment of a debate the motion shall specify the length of adjournment and in any case it shall not be for a period greater than 7 days. The Speaker shall not permit more than one adjournment on the same debate except by leave of the Assembly." — [Mr P Robinson]

Amendment (No 33) made:

Standing Order 16, as amended, agreed to.

Standing Order 17 (Speeches in the Assembly) agreed to.

Standing Order 18 (Statements)

Amendment (No 31) made:

"The Speaker shall determine the time period taking into consideration the content of the statement, the number of Members wishing to ask questions and the pressure of other business." — [Mr P Robinson]

Amendment (No 32) made:

Amendment (No 30) made:

"unless, by leave, the Assembly determines to dispense with this requirement." — [Mr P Robinson ]

Standing Order 18, as amended, agreed to.

Standing Order 19 (Questions)

Amendment (No 29) made:

"The sequence that questions are taken shall be determined by ballot carried out by the Speaker." — [Mr P Robinson]

Standing Order 19, as amended, agreed to.

Standing Order 20 (Private Notice Questions) agreed to.

Standing Order 21 (Adjournment Debates)

Amendment (No 28) made:

Amendment (No 27) made:

"Where the subject matter of an adjournment debate is the responsibility of a member of the Executive Committee 10 minutes shall be allotted for a Ministerial response at the end of the debate." — [Mr P Robinson]

Standing Order 21, as amended, agreed to.

Standing Order 22 (Public Petition)