The DUP is set to be pushed up the Parliamentary pecking order now that the Liberal Democrats are in Government.
Negotiations are now under way over the unionist party holding an “enhanced presence” at Prime Minister’s Questions, known as PMQs.
Nick Clegg’s decision to lead his party into a coalition with the Conservatives leaves a gaping hole in Commons proceedings where the third party used to be.
During the weekly half-hour question and answer session with the Prime Minister, the Opposition leader was allocated six questions, followed by the Lib Dem leader with two questions. The smaller parties shared one question on a weekly rotation.
Party whips are now thrashing out the new format, due to be premiered at the first PMQs of the new parliament on June 2. DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson said: “We would expect to be called earlier and more frequently.”