Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

Part of Ministerial Statement – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 11:15 am on 19th December 2016.

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Photo of Naomi Long Naomi Long Alliance 11:15 am, 19th December 2016

Thank you, Mr Speaker. We fully accept — that is why we are here — that your original notice and the original intention to recall the Assembly to hear a statement on behalf of the Executive Office was entirely valid. However, it is now clear that the deputy First Minister has withdrawn his consent for such a statement to be made. Does that not therefore invalidate this sitting of the Assembly? Can you clarify for us the political and procedural consequences of continuing down this road where we have one half of a double-headed Ministry presenting to the Assembly without the consent of the other?