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 Mr Maurice Morrow Mr Maurice Morrow DUP 2:30 pm, 9th March 1999

Yesterday evening, when members of Dungannon Council were discussing how we wanted to call in and question the Minister responsible for Health and Social Services in relation to the pending rundown of acute services in the South Tyrone hospital, it was interesting to hear one of the Sinn Féin members saying "These Ministers come over here and nobody — but nobody — can scrutinise anything they do. They just act as dictators." What is happening in this Assembly today? We are now in the same situation where we are placing the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister in the very same, unique position — and it is an enviable position. They will be able to carry out functions and nobody — but nobody — in this Assembly will have any right whatsoever to cross-examine them on any matter that they —