Assembly Standing Orders

Part of the debate – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 6:00 pm on 9th March 1999.

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Photo of Peter Robinson Peter Robinson DUP 6:00 pm, 9th March 1999

Amendment No 75 is simply a tidying-up amendment that makes Standing Order 57(1) a bit easier to read and understand.

Amendment No 74 is consequential upon amendment No 75.

Amendment No 73 is my doing the Women’s Coalition work, under commission, I hope, of putting in "/she" — as opposed to "banshee" — in the third line.

Amendment 72 — I found this a rather strange one. I worked it out that if Members are not allowed in the public areas, the Assembly Chamber, the lobbies, the dining areas, the Committee Rooms, the party rooms and the Great Hall, then they are not allowed into the Building at all, and it might be better to say exactly that.

One would need to take a circuitous route up the fire escape and through the window in order to reach one’s own office and to avoid those areas. In the House of Commons — and I have some experience of this — when a Member is suspended he is put out through the front gate, and he does not get back in until the period of suspension is over. If I am to be suspended from this House, I want it to be done properly and to be required to leave the Building.

Amendment No 71 will allow Standing Order 58(4) to say what I believe it was intended to say: that visitors will not be permitted to take into the Public Gallery of the Assembly any mobile telephone, tape recorder, briefcase or large bag. I assume that visitors will be permitted to bring these items into other parts of the Building on occasions.

This concludes the amendments in my name in this section.