14 June 2011

MARSHALLED LIST OF AMENDMENTS

10 June 2011  

Item 4(c): Order Paper 8/11-15 – 14 June 2011

Committee Business – Motions

Motion: Amend Standing Orders

After Standing Order 5 insert –

'5A. Principal Deputy Speaker

(1) Any Member of the Assembly may nominate a Deputy Speaker, who has been elected in accordance with Standing Order 5(1), to act as Principal Deputy Speaker.

(2) Once a nomination under paragraph (1) has been made, no further nomination under that paragraph shall be made, unless the person nominated does not agree to act as Principal Deputy Speaker or the nomination is not approved, in which case a further nomination may be made.

(3) A nomination to act as Principal Deputy Speaker shall not take effect unless the person nominated agrees to act as Principal Deputy Speaker and the nomination is approved by resolution of the Assembly.

(4) Where a nomination has taken effect in accordance with paragraph (3), the person so preferred may be called “Mr Principal Deputy Speaker”, “Madam Principal Deputy Speaker”, or “Principal Deputy Speaker”.

(5) If the Assembly resolves that the person acting as Principal Deputy Speaker should no longer so act, it may, in accordance with the provisions of this Standing Order, nominate another Deputy Speaker to act as Principal Deputy Speaker.

(6) Where the Principal Deputy Speaker ceases to hold office as a Deputy Speaker, any Member of the Assembly may, in accordance with the provisions of this Standing Order, nominate another Deputy Speaker to act as Principal Deputy Speaker.

(7) Where a Deputy Speaker is nominated to act as Principal Deputy Speaker under paragraph (1) or a motion is moved for a resolution under paragraph (5), a debate relevant to that nomination or resolution may take place in which no member shall speak more than once.

(8) A resolution under paragraph (3) or (5) shall not be passed without cross-community support.'

[Chairperson, Committee on Procedures]

The Speaker has selected the following amendment for debate

Amendment 1:

Proposed: Leave out paragraphs (1) to (8) and insert-

‘The position of Principal Deputy Speaker shall be filled by annual rotation between the Deputy Speakers who have been elected in accordance with Standing Order 5(1). The order of such rotation to be as agreed between the Deputy Speakers, or in the absence of agreement as directed by the Speaker. Throughout the term the Principal Deputy Speaker may be called “Mr Principal Deputy Speaker”, “Madam Principal Deputy Speaker” or “Principal Deputy Speaker”.’

[Mr A Maginness]
[Mr J Allister]
[Mr T Elliott]

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