Part of Assembly Standing Orders – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 5:45 pm on 8th March 1999.

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Photo of Lord John Alderdice Lord John Alderdice Initial Presiding Officer 5:45 pm, 8th March 1999

That being the case, we have come to the end of the consideration of this group of amendments and of this section of the compendium. I said at the start, which was about three hours ago although it seems longer, that we would try to get to Standing Order 41, which deals with ministerial appointments. However, with 15 minutes to go we have come to the end of a group.

We have dealt with 28 amendments. There are 65 to go, so we have dealt with just under a third of the amendments. We have dealt with 26 Standing Orders out of 71, which is just more than a third, in about three hours. I sense that at this rate we should be able to finish our business tomorrow. I hope that I have sensed the mood of the House. I suggest that, by leave of the House, the sitting be suspended now and resumed at 10.30 tomorrow morning, continuing if necessary until 10.00 tomorrow night.

The sitting was suspended at 5.48 pm.