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 Robert McCartney Robert McCartney UKUP 2:30 pm, 9th March 1999

Does the Member agree that the principle that was expressed by Mr Byrne is equivalent to the allegation that the RUC is responsible for its own internal investigation of the behaviour of its members? He is saying that the Executive should be responsible for the behaviour of the chief constable of the Executive and his deputy. Does he further agree that the amendment is phrased in almost exactly the same terms as the powers that are to be given to the other scrutiny committees? One can only wonder why refinement is required.