Assembly Standing Orders

Part of the debate – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 4:15 pm on 9th March 1999.

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Photo of Reg Empey Reg Empey UUP 4:15 pm, 9th March 1999

That was a rather snide answer to a question that I was not putting. As the Member knows, his party was quite happy to have our votes in the City Hall. We can all talk about meeting people on the way up and meeting them again on the way down. That is not the point. The Member’s reaction confirms the general thrust of my argument.

There is a view that Back-Benchers in my party are not equal to some other Members. The perception is that some of those who are Leaders or deputy leaders of parties see themselves as more important in some way.