On a point of order, Mr Principal Deputy Speaker. I would appreciate the Speaker's Office investigating the Alliance Party Member for East Antrim, Stewart Dickson, who, during question 1 to the Communities Minister, made very serious allegations and maligned my character when he said that I had sought to derail the Domestic Abuse and Family Proceedings Bill in earlier proceedings today. Mr Principal Deputy Speaker, you can confirm that it was the Justice Minister who decided not to move the Further Consideration Stage, thus preventing the Assembly from considering this important legislation.
Members will know that Chairmen, or Madam Chairs, of Committees do not act unilaterally, and the decision in respect of that amendment was supported by the SDLP, the Green Party and the Ulster Unionist Party. It also had conditional support from Sinn Féin. Had the Justice Minister's legal aid amendment been successful, Sinn Féin, too, would have supported the commencement order associated with that amendment.
To that effect, Mr Principal Deputy Speaker, will you insist upon the Member for East Antrim coming to the House, retracting his outrageous statement and apologising to me and the House for misleading Members?
Thank you. Standing Orders 36 to 42 deal with the procedures of the House in relation to the scheduling of Bills. What the Member said — I am not getting into the debate — about the legislation not being moved by the relevant Minister is accurate. In relation to the comments made by Mr Dickson, I suggest that the best way to proceed is to allow Mr Speaker to review Hansard — I am not calling for a basin of water — to see whether any breach occurred and take the appropriate action arising from that. I hope that that satisfies the Member.
Adjourned at 3.36 pm.