Committee Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson Changes: DUP

Part of Assembly Business – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 10:30 am on 30th June 2009.

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Photo of Alex Attwood Alex Attwood Social Democratic and Labour Party 10:30 am, 30th June 2009

Further to that point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. The point that my colleague Mr O’Loan made is a valid one. There is a fundamental issue about whether Members have the right to reflect to the Assembly what they say the Speaker has or has not said, based on private conversations with him outside the Chamber. That is a fundamental issue regarding the privacy of conversations that the Speaker has with Members; the accuracy of what Members then report as the Speaker’s views; and whether the House will end up being a gossip Chamber that relies on hearsay to give the Speaker’s views to the wider public.