Assembly Standing Orders

Part of the debate – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:15 pm on 9th March 1999.

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Photo of Lord John Alderdice Lord John Alderdice Initial Presiding Officer 3:15 pm, 9th March 1999

There is no such thing as a qualified withdrawal. The amendment was either withdrawn or it was not. As it was withdrawn, I granted some flexibility in permitting the Member to comment upon the matter. To go further would be quite improper.

There is still a substantial number of Standing Orders and amendments in this group. However, many of them are technical, some are largely typographical, and some 10 amendments effectively form one large group. The series of amendments 3(a) to (e) form a single amendment, although they are divided for the sake of clarity. There are also the relevant amendments that are the same, but form individual amendments.

I trust that we will be able to get through that matter as one debate. As there is one proposer for a considerable number of the amendments, he may need to propose them and then speak again. The first amendment in the group is amendment No 62, standing in the name of Mr P Robinson. I call on him to deal with it and with any others that he finds it possible to address.