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Part of Assembly Business – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 4:00 pm on 16th January 2017.

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Photo of Jim Allister Jim Allister Traditional Unionist Voice 4:00 pm, 16th January 2017

On a further point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. In the circumstances that we are in today, are the exhortation and expectations of Standing Order 43 not all the more acute? In paragraph 6, it specifically anticipates report to the House by the Committee where the statutory rule:

"purports to have retrospective effect where the parent legislation confers no express authority so to provide".

There could not be a more acute instance of why Standing Order 43 exists and why its defiance, which is what is happening here today, is so inappropriate.