Further Consideration Stage

Part of Executive Committee Business – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 12:45 pm on 26th January 2009.

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Photo of Declan O'Loan Declan O'Loan Social Democratic and Labour Party 12:45 pm, 26th January 2009

I have no difficulty in getting back to the debate, and I am sure that everything that the First Minister said will be studied closely. Undoubtedly, the leader of the SDLP, in due course and in the proper place, will respond.

I noted that the deputy First Minister was sent out to speak on the Bill today, but the First Minister evidently felt it necessary to come to his rescue when the nature of the Bill and its progress was challenged.

I turn now to the responses to the amendment.