The first item of business is the election of the Speaker, and I will remain in the Chair for this process. I wish to advise Members that the election of the Speaker will be conducted under the procedures set out in Standing Order 4. I will begin by asking for nominations. Any Member may rise to propose that another Member be elected as Speaker. I will then ask for the proposal to be seconded by another Member, as required by Standing Order 14. Members who have been proposed will be asked whether they are willing to accept the nomination. If they are not, that proposal will fall. I will then ask for a further proposal and will follow the same procedures for each. When it appears that there are no further proposals, I will make it clear that the time for proposals has passed.
If Members indicate that they wish to speak, a debate relevant to the election of Speakers may then take place. Members will be allowed up to three minutes. At the conclusion of the debate or the conclusion of the nominations, if there are no requests to speak, I shall put the Question that the Member first proposed shall be Speaker of the Assembly. The vote will be on a cross-community basis. If the proposal is not carried, I shall put the Question in relation to the next nominee and so on until all nominations are exhausted. Once a Speaker has been elected, all other nominations will fall automatically. Do I have any proposals for the role of Speaker?
Members have been unable to elect my successor today, so the matter will be revisited at a future date. We will move on to the next item of business, for which I will remain in the Chair.