Results 4421–4440 of 4480 for speaker:Lord Alderdice

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly: Committee on Standing Orders (1 Jul 1998)

Lord John Alderdice: Yes, as in the case of the last vote. Question put. The Assembly divided: Ayes 76; Noes 27. AYES Gerry Adams, Ian Adamson, Pauline Armitage, Billy Armstrong, Alex Attwood, Roy Beggs, Billy Bell, Eileen Bell, Tom Benson, Esmond Birnie, P J Bradley, Joe Byrne, Joan Carson, Seamus Close, Fred Cobain, Robert Coulter, John Dallat, Duncan Shipley Dalton, Ivan Davis, Bairbre de Brún,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly: Committee on Standing Orders (1 Jul 1998)

Lord John Alderdice: I shall suspend the sitting for about five minutes to give me an opportunity to meet with the Whips or the business managers of the parties and with Mr Denis Watson to discuss briefly when we should break for dinner. We have two more substantive motions and a time-limited Adjournment debate, which will take about one and a half hours. The sitting was suspended at 7.10 pm. On resuming –

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly: Committee on Standing Orders (1 Jul 1998)

Lord John Alderdice: If we had taken that view we could not have planned anything, and neither your party nor anybody else would have been represented. That is the reality of our imperfect situation. It is always easier to sort out legal matters where there is a corpus of law of long standing.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly: Committee on Standing Orders (1 Jul 1998)

Lord John Alderdice: I have taken a number of interventions as points of order although they have been more like substantive contributions. Mr Maskey is the only Member to have put his name forward to speak in the debate.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly: Committee on Standing Orders (1 Jul 1998)

Lord John Alderdice: I shall respond to that point of order and then call Mr Maskey. Such a matter could perhaps be dealt with — I would have to take advice — by leave of the Assembly, which is usually taken as requiring unanimity. That will be the case when the Assembly has full power to decide its own business. At present, agenda items are prescribed by the Secretary of State. At this juncture we are not...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly: Committee on Standing Orders (1 Jul 1998)

Lord John Alderdice: We should seriously consider whether the best way to conduct a debate is by raising sporadic points of order. However, I will allow one or two more.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly: Committee on Standing Orders (1 Jul 1998)

Lord John Alderdice: I have no idea whether the Initial Presiding Officer has the power to indicate that someone may attend in that way until the matter has been resolved. I shall have to take advice. It is not a matter on which I sought a legal opinion in advance. I am certainly not antagonistic towards the proposition, but I will have to do two things in following it up: first, seek legal advice about whether I...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly: Committee on Standing Orders (1 Jul 1998)

Lord John Alderdice: I can take only one more point of order.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly: Committee on Standing Orders (1 Jul 1998)

Lord John Alderdice: I will take Mr McCartney’s point of order and then reply to both.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly: Committee on Standing Orders (1 Jul 1998)

Lord John Alderdice: I am grateful to Members for pointing out the difficulty in which I and some others were put. Several meetings of Whips were called, but there was not a full attendance at all of them. Several other issues were considered. One which has not been brought to the attention of Members is that there is no provision for the Initial Presiding Officer to be on the Standing Orders Committee. That may...

Northern Ireland Assembly: First Minister (Designate) and Deputy (1 Jul 1998)

Lord John Alderdice: May I, on this momentous occasion, on my own behalf, on behalf of the Assembly and on behalf, I have no doubt, of the overwhelming majority of the people of Northern Ireland, congratulate you on being elected the first First Minister and the first Deputy First Minister in Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland Assembly: First Minister (Designate) and Deputy (1 Jul 1998)

Lord John Alderdice: Thank you very much.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly: Committee on Standing Orders (1 Jul 1998)

Lord John Alderdice: Mr Robinson, we have interim Standing Orders, and, as you know, they are the only rules under which we can work. The suggestion you make can be considered by the Assembly. We can only make this decision for the present. There were meetings conducted by the Chief Whips, including the Chief Whip of your party. These matters cannot be considered further at this juncture, but they may be...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly: Committee on Standing Orders (1 Jul 1998)

Lord John Alderdice: Yes, there is a difficulty. With regard to Committees of the kind that we are discussing, Standing Order 15(2) states "each party with at least two members shall have at least one seat on each Committee." If the three Independents wish to be represented, there is no reason why the matter cannot be dealt with at a subsequent meeting. The problem about dealing with it now is that, as Mr Morrow...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly: Committee on Standing Orders (1 Jul 1998)

Lord John Alderdice: What you say is absolutely correct, and if an amendment to that effect had been received in time, it could have been put to the Assembly. But none was received, and that is the dilemma in which I find myself. Indeed, the other matters too were not proceeded with. It would be desirable to achieve agreement on these questions, but under Standing Orders I have had to proceed with the agenda...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly: Committee on Standing Orders (1 Jul 1998)

Lord John Alderdice: I said not that they could not be represented but that they did not have a right to be represented. That is what the provision says. In other words, as Mr Peter Robinson points out, if it were decided that one or two or all of them should be on a Committee, that would be entirely possible, but other representations would have to be reduced as the size of the Committee is also laid down....

Northern Ireland Assembly: First Minister (Designate) and Deputy (1 Jul 1998)

Lord John Alderdice: The Rt Hon David Trimble and Mr Seamus Mallon are the only candidates proposed for the positions of First Minister (Designate) and Deputy First Minister (Designate) respectively. Question put.

Northern Ireland Assembly: First Minister (Designate) and Deputy (1 Jul 1998)

Lord John Alderdice: The arrangement under the Standing Orders is for an announcement that a vote will begin in three minutes. I understand the point you are making. It is one that should be addressed by a Committee on Standing Orders. There is no bell. In this respect the Initial Standing Orders are unsatisfactory, but they are the only ones we have.

Northern Ireland Assembly: First Minister (Designate) and Deputy (1 Jul 1998)

Lord John Alderdice: Mr McCartney, either I was unclear or you misunderstand. There has been no breakdown in the equipment. There is an inadequacy in the Standing Orders. There is no bell because none is required by the Standing Orders. All that is required is that an announcement be made that a vote will be taken in three minutes. The filibuster has gone on long enough. All those who were on errands should now...

Northern Ireland Assembly: First Minister (Designate) and Deputy (1 Jul 1998)

Lord John Alderdice: Will you stand, please.


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