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Jim Allister hits at delay over Stormont flag-flying probe

By Noel McAdam

The TUV leader has said he cannot wait for an equality impact assessment on the flying of the Union flag at Stormont to start.

The Assembly Commission – which is responsible for the day to day running of Parliament Buildings – is seeking an experienced individual or organisation to carry out a review on the flying of the flag.

Currently, the Union flag is only displayed on a handful of designated days by law.

A notice on the Assembly website states that the contract is expected to commence in July 2014 and last until March 2015.

But an impatient Mr Allister said he was disappointed that it was so far away.

"Even by Stormont standards this is exceptional feet dragging," he said.

"The issue of flying the Union flag at Stormont on a daily basis – as is the norm at Westminster and the Welsh Assembly, and was also the policy at Holyrood until the SNP came to power, at which point they enforced designated days – has been something TUV has been campaigning about for a considerable period of time."

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