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Part of Assembly Standing Orders – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 4:15 pm on 8th March 1999.

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Photo of Peter Weir Peter Weir UUP 4:15 pm, 8th March 1999

I live in the east of the Province and have the good fortune to live relatively close to Stormont — about half an hour’s drive away — so I have not encountered this problem directly. However, Members who represent the Greater Belfast area ought to behave in an altruistic fashion and realise that Members who come from the west and, indeed, the north and south of the Province, will have lengthy drives. They should try to avoid situations in which, late at night, their safety is endangered.

I agree with Mr Hussey’s point. There is a wide range of issues which would persuade me and the vast majority of others in this Chamber that the proposals, as currently outlined in the report represent the best way forward. They can be reviewed later, but at the moment, I am glad that these amendments are not being put to the vote.