Standards and Privilege

Part of Assembly Standing Orders – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 8:30 pm on 9th March 1999.

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Photo of Mr John Fee Mr John Fee Social Democratic and Labour Party 8:30 pm, 9th March 1999

On a further point of order, Mr Initial Presiding Oficer. The minutes of the Standing Orders Committee of 23 February say

"it was pointed out that, unless the Committee wished to recommend a change to the membership numbers on the Commission, there was no requirement for a Standing Order and in any event a Standing Order could be produced, as required, at any point in the Assembly’s life."

That was the Standing Orders Committee’s understanding of things on 23 February. Part of our reason for not voting for this Standing Order tonight is to work out what has changed over the weeks since then.