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Assembly Standing Orders

Part of the debate – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:30 pm on 9th March 1999.

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Photo of Sammy Wilson Sammy Wilson DUP 2:30 pm, 9th March 1999

That is quite right, and their emphasis at that stage was that the work would be done through the scrutiny committees, but there will be no committee to scrutinise the work of the First and the Deputy First Ministers.

I have no doubt that this vote will be taken strictly on party-political lines. But, as was pointed out by Mr McCartney this morning, if Members were to vote on this amendment from the point of view of giving sound and accountable government rather than pleasing the party Whips and ingratiating themselves with the party Leader, I have no doubt that this amendment would be carried.