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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 Stephen Farry Stephen Farry Alliance 6:30 pm, 16th January 2017

On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. Your ruling is very clear, and I thank you for it. However, in essence, what you have set out is that an error was made in the initial ruling. Also at that stage, a number of Members sought to make points of order because of their concern about the potential that that ruling would have for the debate at that time. Can I therefore seek reassurance that, given that a ruling was made by an acting Speaker — so we have a difficult context — in no way will that ruling therefore become a precedent for future business of this House, given, as my colleague said, the wider guidance as provided by 'Erskine May' in such circumstances?