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Questions for urgent oral answer

In the Northern Ireland Assembly, questions for urgent oral answer allow MLAs to call Northern Ireland Executive ministers to make a statement on an important issue at short notice.

Questions need to be tabled before 10.30am, and the minister responsible is given at least four hours to prepare a response.

The procedure is similar to urgent questions in the House of Commons, urgent assembly questions in the National Assembly for Wales, and emergency questions in the Scottish Parliament.

The Speaker decides whether the question is of sufficient public importance to take up time in the chamber, and, if approved, when it should be asked.

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