Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

Part of Ministerial Statement – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 10:30 am on 19th December 2016.

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Photo of Jim Allister Jim Allister Traditional Unionist Voice 10:30 am, 19th December 2016

Thank you, Mr Speaker. We were notified to come here today to hear a ministerial statement. The Order Paper decrees that we will hear a ministerial statement. I presume that the Order Paper is issued under your direction. Can you, therefore, indicate how this now can be a ministerial statement from the Executive Office since one half of that office has withdrawn its imprimatur? Surely this no longer is a ministerial statement. I ask you to rule whether it is a ministerial statement. If it is not, by what Standing Order has the House been recalled to hear a personal statement? I know of no such Standing Order. Is this a ministerial statement? We need to know that.