Standards and Privilege

Part of Assembly Standing Orders – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 7:15 pm on 9th March 1999.

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Photo of Peter Robinson Peter Robinson DUP 7:15 pm, 9th March 1999

At the present time I am not sure what the Standing Order is supposed to read. It says — I had better read it from the very beginning to get it in context —

"Chairpersons of Committees and those acting in their stead under these Standing Orders shall, in relation to the news media, exercise the same powers as the Speaker within those places and precincts of the Assembly that are from time to time assigned for their use for the purposes of Committee business."

In terms of the Amendment, it therefore reads "assigned to the news media for their use". This is a section dealing with the news media — Standing Order 66. I assumed that is what the Committee was saying, is it not?