Part of Assembly Standing Orders – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 5:00 pm on 8th March 1999.

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Photo of Alan McFarland Alan McFarland UUP 5:00 pm, 8th March 1999

I am slightly concerned because there are three areas, and Mr Robinson has referred to them already — amendments 83, 23 and 50 — which repeat sections of the Act. As I understand it — and I am a late arrival to the Standing Orders Committee — the policy of the Standing Orders Committee is clear, and the whole set of Standing Orders is predicated on the understanding that areas of the Act are not repeated in the Standing Orders, except on very specific occasions.

If that policy were to be changed it could have a knock-on effect right through the Standing Orders. If the Member was willing to withdraw those three areas and allow the Standing Orders Committee to re-examine whether there are areas of the Act that need to go into the Standing Orders, that would be a slightly more satisfactory option than voting today.