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Assembly Standing Orders

Part of the debate – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:30 pm on 9th March 1999.

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Photo of Alex Attwood Alex Attwood Social Democratic and Labour Party 2:30 pm, 9th March 1999

No one denies the principle of scrutiny. We are debating the method. As those who oppose the amendment have said in substantial detail, in addition to the use of existing mechanisms, which were detailed earlier by Mr Durkan, the matter can be revised and reviewed to ensure that legitimate concerns can be legitimately expressed. It is incorrect to translate the agreement’s use of the word scrutiny into scrutiny committee.

The second point is that a scrutiny committee, which would deal more substantially with the matter, should act as both sword and shield. It should fulfil both purposes. As a sword it should result in the exposure [Interruption]

2.45 pm