Operations of the Assembly

Part of Assembly Standing Orders – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 4:00 pm on 8th March 1999.

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Photo of Robert McCartney Robert McCartney UKUP 4:00 pm, 8th March 1999

I make no secret of engaging in quite a few household chores, but ironing is not one of them.

But let me return to a serious note. Being engaged in public service makes demands upon all of us in our private, social and domestic lives. It is impossible to organise public business entirely around the hours that would be convenient and suitable.

As the First Minister (Designate) has suggested — and he is not pushing this — Members should give this a run but keep it under very careful observation to see whether it works. If it does not work, Members will have to revisit the issue.