Assembly Standing Orders

Part of the debate – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 5:00 pm on 9th March 1999.

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Photo of Lord John Alderdice Lord John Alderdice Initial Presiding Officer 5:00 pm, 9th March 1999

We now come to the approval of the Standing Orders and the vote on the amendments in this second, larger section on committees.

We start with amendment No 62 and proceed on through, in order, to amendment No 76. I remind Members of the situation in respect of amendments No 3A to E and 4, 7, 8, 9 and 10 when we come to consider them.

Standing Order 45 (Membership of Statutory Committees)

Amendment (No 62) made:

Standing Order 45, as amended, agreed to.

Standing Order 46 (Overlap of Statutory Committee Business)

Amendment (No 53) made:

"and may invite the other Committee to carry out the consideration of any stated issue and provide it with a draft report". — [Mr P Robinson]

Standing Order 46, as amended, agreed to.

Standing Order 47 (Non-Statutory Committees) agreed to.

Standing Order 48 (Service on Committees) agreed to.

Standing Order 49 (Committee Members Voting in the Chamber)

Amendment (No 52) made:

", other than by leave of the Committee that he shall not do so," — [Mr P Robinson]

Standing Order 49, as amended, agreed to.

Standing Order 50 (Sub-Committees)

Amendment (No 51) made:

"Such Committees shall, in as far as is practicable, reflect the party strengths in the Assembly". — [Mr P Robinson]

Standing Order 50, as amended, agreed to.

Standing Orders 51 (Committee on Procedures); 52 (Business Committee); 53 (Conformity with Equality Requirements — Special Committee on); 54 (Public Accounts Committee); and 55 (Committee on Standards and Privileges)