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Speaker: Motion of No Confidence

Part of Private Members' Business – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 6:30 pm on 16th January 2017.

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Photo of Danny Kennedy Danny Kennedy Deputy Speaker 6:30 pm, 16th January 2017

Order, Members. I have taken the opportunity to consider the recording of Mr Murphy's contribution in the debate, and it is clear that it was only at a very late stage that he indicated that he would not move the motion. Speaker's ruling 4.2g. makes it clear that, by convention, when a Member no longer wishes to put a motion before the Assembly, he should say "not moved", giving a short explanation to the House. It is very regrettable that Mr Murphy did not observe the substance of that convention this evening when he was called to move the motion. However, the temporary Speaker ruled that the motion was not moved. He has made his ruling, and it is not in order to challenge it. Standing Order 1(2) states:

"The Speaker’s ruling shall be final on all questions of procedure and order."