Assembly Standing Orders

Part of the debate – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 4:30 pm on 9th March 1999.

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Photo of Peter Robinson Peter Robinson DUP 4:30 pm, 9th March 1999

I ask the Member to pay attention to Standing Order 54 (Public Accounts Committee). Although Members may not realise it now, this will be a key function of the Assembly. It will be one of the most important ways of calling an Executive to account on financial and economic matters. If Mr Trimble’s proposal to delete sub-paragraph 4 is successful, the Opposition numbers on that committee would be significantly reduced. At the same time there is more than a hint from the SDLP that they do not want the Chairman and Deputy Chairman to be from the Opposition parties.