Assembly Standing Orders

Part of the debate – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 5:30 pm on 9th March 1999.

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Photo of Peter Robinson Peter Robinson DUP 5:30 pm, 9th March 1999

We are having difficulty with this amendment because those who put it down have not explained it. Is it possible for us to know if, by the amendment, they intend to exclude the Speaker from the Business Committee, or if the Speaker is to be a member of the Business Committee, but not in its Chair? It would be difficult to support an amendment which would mean that the Speaker would not know what the business was going to be. However, if the Speaker were a member of the committee, but not in the Chair, that would be reasonable.