“general consensus that the question time isn’t sufficiently engaging or relevant..”

BBC NI political editor Mark Devenport, along with “fellow hacks Eamon Mallie of Downtown Radio and Billy Graham from the Irish News”, was in the dock yesterday, in Stormont’s Room 101 152 in front of the Northern Ireland Assembly’s Committee on Procedures. There they were asked for some suggestions to improve the Assembly’s question time.

There seemed to be a general consensus that the question time isn’t sufficiently engaging or relevant. Our thoughts, boiled down, included more topical questions (currently MLAs have to table their questions a fortnight in advance) a ban on reading (if you have to read out a question, surely it must be too long) and possibly splitting the current Monday question time (instead of three ministers appearing in a row, you could have two ministers on a Monday and another two on a Tuesday).

He’d also like to hear if anyone has any other suggestions..

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