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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. The simple fact is that Standing Orders, I accept, are silent on certain matters, but where they are clear, Mr McCann, is that Standing Order 1(2) states:

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

On that basis, the ruling applies to the Speaker, the Principal Deputy Speaker, the Deputy Speakers and any temporary Speaker. You may not like that rule, and there may be opportunities in the future for the House to review that rule, but those are the rules as they are currently constructed.