Select Committee on Procedure Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Letter from the Chief Executive/Clerk to the Northern Ireland Assembly to the Chairman of the Committee

  Your correspondence was particularly apposite as a review of the arrangements for Assembly Questions is currently being undertaken by the Business Committee. Unfortunately I am not yet in a position to provide you with detailed information on the review as the Committee has yet to consider the options fully. However, I can advise that consideration will be given, inter alia, to amend current procedures to allow Members or their nominated representatives to table questions by electronic means.

  Other notable considerations include proposals for the removal/extension of the restriction on the number of questions a Member may table each day and the reduction of the number of questions listed for answer at Question Time. On a separate but related matter, the Business Committee has also asked the Committee on Procedures to consider whether Ministerial Question Time, which is currently fixed at 2.30 pm to 4.00 pm each Monday, should be moved to the start of plenary business on Mondays (12.00 noon) to facilitate business being conducted on a rolling basis.

  As far as current procedures are concerned, I have attached a paper setting out the system for tabling Questions and Motions in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Arthur Moir

9 January 2002

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