SECTION 53.

Thursday, 1 May 1997

Select Committee on Finance and General Affairs Debate

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Mr. Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin   I move amendment No. 208:

Amendment agreed to.

Section 53, as amended, agreed to.

Sections 54 to 57, inclusive, agreed to.

Mr. Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin   I move amendment No. 209:

Amendment agreed to.

Acting Chairman:   Acceptance of this amendment involves the deletion of section 58 of the Bill. Is that agreed? Agreed.

Section 58 deleted.

Mr. Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin   I move amendment No. 210:

Section 57 sets out the procedure to be followed by electors entering on to the postal voters’ list for Dáil elections. The local election regulations, which are published, provide for separate rules governing postal voting at local elections. These are virtually identical to the corresponding provisions for Dáil electoral law so it is now necessary to amend that code by inserting a provision, corresponding to section 57, in the postal voting rules for local elections.

Mr. Lenihan: Information on Brian Joseph Lenihan  Zoom on Brian Joseph Lenihan   Can that not be dealt with by way of regulation? Is it necessary to insert a new section to amend a regulation? It seems a rather peculiar method to adopt.

Acting Chairman:   The Chairman——

Mr. Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin   I could do it by way of regulation but it would mean I would have to have a formal resolution from both Houses. Rather than doing that, this can be achieved through primary statute which has the effect of putting the measure before the Houses immediately rather than having to come back at a later stage with draft regulations and engage in subsequent debate. Those who are involved in this debate will understand the context in which this has been done.

Amendment agreed to.


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