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 Mr Cedric Wilson Mr Cedric Wilson NIUP 7:30 pm, 9th March 1999

Amendment No 87 relates to Standing Order 70. That Standing Order states

"Members may speak in the language of their choice".

My amendment is that we should leave out Standing Order 70 and insert the following new Standing Order:

"The language of this Assembly shall be English."

I want to make it clear and well understood that the amendment is not an attempt to cause mischief or to prohibit the use of the Irish language in the Chamber. It is not the use of Irish that concerns me but rather its abuse, and that concerns many Members. I refer to the Irish language because this is what we are considering. [Interruption]