Only a few days to go: We’re raising £25,000 to keep TheyWorkForYou running and make sure people across the UK can hold their elected representatives to account.

Donate to our crowdfunder

Assembly Business

– in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:30 pm on 25th October 2016.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of David Ford David Ford Alliance 3:30 pm, 25th October 2016

On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. The first question to the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs came from Mr McKee and was about pollution in the Annsborough river. Trevor Lunn mentioned a number of other pollution incidents, and you gently reprimanded him for extending the question. However, under question 3, in which Mr Eamonn McCann queried the governance of the Lough Neagh Fishermen's Co-operative, a question was allowed from Mr William Humphrey about fish stocks on the Erne. Will you agree to raise this issue with the Speaker, with a view to his issuing written guidance on the relevance of supplementary questions, since there is clearly a lacuna in Standing Orders?

Photo of Danny Kennedy Danny Kennedy Deputy Speaker

I thank the Member for his point of order. I will ask the Speaker to review Question Time and the questions that you referred to. I remind you that question 1 was specifically a constituency-based question.

Photo of David Ford David Ford Alliance

[Interruption.]

Photo of Danny Kennedy Danny Kennedy Deputy Speaker

Order, Mr Ford. I have said that I will refer the matter to the Speaker for his impartial review.

Photo of David Ford David Ford Alliance

Further to that point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. I think that you will find that question 3 was at least as specific as question 1 and was on a specific issue of governance, not on fish stocks.

Photo of Danny Kennedy Danny Kennedy Deputy Speaker

Your point is noted and will be referred to the Speaker. Lough Neagh seems to be a very big place that impacts on a lot of constituencies. Whether you know that is a matter for you.

We will move on. I ask Members to take their ease while we make changes at the top Table.

(Mr Deputy Speaker [Mr McGlone] in the Chair)