Standards and Privilege

Part of Assembly Standing Orders – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 7:30 pm on 9th March 1999.

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Photo of Peter Robinson Peter Robinson DUP 7:30 pm, 9th March 1999

I look for clarification from either the joint Chairmen or the Committee members. Standing Order 66 (News Media) starts with references to the Speaker and his powers and role. It then deals with committees and states that Chairmen would have the same authority as the Speaker.

The Standing Order specifies the Speaker’s role in relation to the news media, and where its representatives would be placed. There is no doubt that the Standing Orders Committee intended that the Chairmen of committees would be able to instruct the media on the facilities that were available for their use in covering the proceedings. That is the end result and if anyone can tell us how to get there I would be quite content.