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

I bow to Mr Robinson’s greater knowledge. For serious debate in this Chamber, it is true to say that the language used and understood by all Members and, indeed, those in the Public Gallery has been, to a large extent, English. My amendment is not meant to try to prohibit the use of any other language in this Chamber. I have no desire to do that, nor do I believe it would be possible under international law to do so. The only language that I want to see prohibited is bad language, and, fortunately, we have had little of that here.

I want to stress why I put forward this amendment. If such an amendment is not made, there will be implications in respect of time and costs that this House may be asked to underwrite in the future.