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After section 51C of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (c. 47) there is inserted—
(1)This section applies to the following resolutions of the Assembly—
(a)a resolution censuring a Minister or junior Minister—
(i)because he is not committed to non-violence and exclusively peaceful and democratic means; or
(ii)because of any failure of his to observe any other terms of the pledge of office;
(b)a resolution censuring a political party—
(i)because it is not committed to non-violence and exclusively peaceful and democratic means; or
(ii)because it is not committed to such of its members as are or might become Ministers or junior Ministers observing the other terms of the pledge of office.
(2)A motion for a resolution to which this section applies shall not be moved unless—
(a)it is supported by at least 30 members of the Assembly;
(b)it is moved by the First Minister and the deputy First Minister acting jointly; or
(c)it is moved by the Presiding Officer in pursuance of a notice under subsection (3).
(3)If the Secretary of State is of the opinion that the Assembly ought to consider a resolution to which this section applies, he shall serve a notice on the Presiding Officer requiring him to move a motion for such a resolution.
(4)In forming an opinion under subsection (3), the Secretary of State shall in particular take into account the matters listed in section 30(7).
(5)A resolution to which this section applies shall not be passed without cross-community support.”
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