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Standing Orders 10(2) to 10(4): Suspension

Assembly Business – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 12:30 pm on 23rd January 2017.

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Photo of Robin Swann Robin Swann UUP 12:30 pm, 23rd January 2017

I beg to move

That Standing Orders 10(2) to 10(4) be suspended for 23 January 2017.

Photo of Robin Newton Robin Newton Speaker

Before we proceed to the Question, I remind Members that the motion requires cross-community support.

Question put and agreed to. Resolved (with cross-community support):

That Standing Orders 10(2) to 10(4) be suspended for 23 January 2017.

Photo of Stewart Dickson Stewart Dickson Alliance

On a point of order, Mr Speaker. On today's agenda, we would have normally received Question Time from the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister. We appreciate that that office does not exist and therefore they will not be here to do that. Mr Speaker, I think there is an issue that requires some investigation; it is in respect of the historical institutional abuse inquiry, which will be a topic of discussion today. On Friday evening, a press statement was issued by the Executive Office in respect of the inquiry. Will you find out for Members who initiated that press statement and, if it was made in the name of the junior Ministers, why they cannot be here today to answer questions?

Photo of Robin Newton Robin Newton Speaker

You have placed your concerns on record. We will follow up on the matter, Mr Dickson, and correspond with you on it.