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Assembly Members Bill

Deputy speaker David McClarty was forced to delay the start of the debate on the Assembly Members (Independent Financial Review and Standards) Bill as there were not enough members in the chamber, on 8 February 2011.

The bill's proposals include the appointment of an independent review panel to determine MLAs' salaries, pensions and allowances, and the appointment of a Northern Ireland Assembly Commissioner for Standards.

Once an acceptable number of MLAs had arrived in the chamber, the first set of amendments was proposed by the DUP's Peter Weir. He said they were of a purely technical nature.

"Members will be glad to hear that their great-grandparents are now eligible to be the commissioner for standards," Mr Weir commented.

The bill passed its consideration stage on an oral vote.

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