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Further Consideration Stage

Part of Executive Committee Business – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 1:30 pm on 26th January 2009.

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Photo of Martina Anderson Martina Anderson Sinn Féin 1:30 pm, 26th January 2009

Go raibh maith agat, a Cheann Comhairle. I object to all 13 amendments, and particularly wish to comment on amendment Nos 4 to 11. Amendment No 4 is entirely unnecessary. The joint First Ministers have already told the House that they will be bringing proposals for an amendment to the ministerial code. That will ensure that determinations of the scheme under the Bill must be agreed by the Executive, therefore ensuring the rights of all Ministers.

Amendment Nos 5 and 6 would impose additional requirements that would, effectively, defeat the current intention of the Bill, which is to identify the capability gap where a scheme is required.