Assembly Standing Orders

Part of the debate – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 10:45 am on 9th March 1999.

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Photo of Mr Denis Haughey Mr Denis Haughey Social Democratic and Labour Party 10:45 am, 9th March 1999

Our view is that it would be proper to accept Mr P Robinson’s amendment to the existing paragraph (2)(e), as that provision runs contrary to the provisions of the relevant legislation. We would support that.

It seems to us that the second part of amendment 46, which relates to the rerunning of the d’Hondt system in circumstances where the nominating officer did not exercise his rights under the legislation when the Executive was formed but wishes to do so subsequently by notifying the First Minister, the Deputy First Minister and the Speaker of his intention to do so, requires further thought. If it is left open in this way, it will be open to abuse. Therefore we would wish to consider this matter further and will not be accepting the amendment in its current form.