Lord Maurice Morrow: There is not much regard given to the Black family's rights. Furthermore, when I challenged Sinn Féin on where it stood on the issue, what was its response?
Lord Maurice Morrow: It said, "That is a police matter; we do not comment on those things". Not half, it does not.
Lord Maurice Morrow: What guidance have the employers issued to schools in relation to the proposed industrial action?
Lord Maurice Morrow: I ask the House to take its ease for a moment because that brings into question whether the amendment can be moved, as the motion has not been moved. We will return to that in a moment or two.
Lord Maurice Morrow: I have asked the House to take its ease. I will come to you in a moment or two. Order, Members. The substantive motion was not moved. Therefore, the amendment cannot be moved.
Lord Maurice Morrow: I will take your point of order in a second. I want Members to understand that, since we do not have a motion before us, we do not have an amendment.
Lord Maurice Morrow: I may have some sympathy with what you are saying, Mr Farry. However, Mr Murphy made it quite clear that he was not moving the motion.
Lord Maurice Morrow: Whether at the end or the beginning, he made himself quite clear. I do not have a motion before the House today. That is the position.
Lord Maurice Morrow: Mr Dickson, I am long enough about the House — I suspect that others are also — to know that there was a similar motion here in, I think, 2001, and there was a debate, but the motion was not moved. If it had been done in that way, there would be more validity in what you are saying. Again, I am not unsympathetic to what you are saying, but I have to make a ruling on it as the acting...
Lord Maurice Morrow: Members, it is my intention not to take any more points of order on this particular matter — [Interruption.] Hold on. Mr Allister, I am asking you to sit down. Thank you. I am not taking any more points of order on this particular matter. If Members want to come to this issue at another time, that is entirely a matter for them. I ask the House to take its ease. (The Temporary Speaker...
Lord Maurice Morrow: The Business Committee has agreed to allow up to two hours for the debate. The proposer of the motion will have 10 minutes to propose and 10 minutes to make a winding-up speech. One amendment has been selected and is published on the Marshalled List. The proposer of the amendment will have 10 minutes to propose and five minutes to make a winding-up speech. All other Members who wish to...
Lord Maurice Morrow: I ask Mr Beggs to repeat his question. We are not clear what you mean.
Lord Maurice Morrow: I remind Mr Beggs and the House that that will be a decision for the Speaker to make and not me. I call Mr Conor Murphy to move the motion.
Lord Maurice Morrow: Following the May election, which was just eight months ago, I had the honour and pleasure of nominating the DUP party leader, Arlene Foster. Everyone in this House will be acutely aware that the people spoke very clearly at that election in May. They said that they wanted Arlene Foster to be the leader, and in particular the leader of unionism. That was demonstrated very, very clearly....
Lord Maurice Morrow: On a point of order, Madam Principal Deputy Speaker. The Member keeps talking about a Stephen Grimanson. Who is Stephen Grimanson? No person of that name ever worked for the DUP.
Lord Maurice Morrow: We were not long in the Chamber today when we discovered the whole nature of the motion. Earlier today, we had the First Minister come to the House. She was asked and was willing to come to the House. She came to the House to put herself in front of Members for any interrogation and cross-examination, but all those sitting to my right said, "Look, we are not interested in the facts here....
Lord Maurice Morrow: Not at the moment; maybe later. The motion is nothing short of a disgraceful attempt, to say the least, by failed parties to create the impression that the First Minister has: "failed to observe the highest standards of propriety and regularity in relation to the stewardship of public funds". They have, however, not produced a scintilla of evidence or any facts — not one. I never knew Mr...
Lord Maurice Morrow: Hold on a minute. You have had your say.
Lord Maurice Morrow: At least there is a bit of humility in you. He talked about this £400 million. Well, £400 million has not been spent, Mr Aiken. He went on to say that there is a suicide in our prisons every week. When is that happening? This is unbelievable stuff. We have gone along the line of fantasy and make-believe: grab the headlines, say the super things and the media will come racing for it.
Lord Maurice Morrow: OK.