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Standards and Privilege

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

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Photo of Mr Denis Haughey Mr Denis Haughey Social Democratic and Labour Party 6:00 pm, 9th March 1999

May I ask the Member to clarify the meaning of the word "immediate" in amendment No 70. Can he clarify what is meant by "immediate relative"? Does this term have a legal meaning? I have taken legal advice on this, and I am told that the term "immediate relative" does not have a clear legal meaning. I am entirely in sympathy with the amendment that the Member is proposing. However, it is necessary that we clarify this from a legal point of view.