Assembly Standing Orders

Part of the debate – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 12:30 pm on 9th March 1999.

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Photo of David Ervine David Ervine PUP 12:30 pm, 9th March 1999

I have some disquiet about this and hope that the Member will share it. I thank him for giving way.

I am a member of the Standing Orders Committee. There was a serious debate on this issue in the Standing Orders Committee. We spoke for a long time about a formula of words that could be incorporated in the Standing Orders showing Members that, because of the legislation, there is a gap in our provision. It is not there, and one wonders why it is not there, given that it was agreed by the members after long deliberation that a formula of words would be found and incorporated. That lends people to the belief that there may be those who do not want full scrutiny of the First and Deputy First Ministers’ Offices.