Apologies have been received from Deputy Terence Flanagan. I welcome the Minister for Finance, Deputy Brian Cowen, and his officials. The purpose of this meeting is to resume consideration of the Fi...
As amendments Nos. 52 and 55 are related, they will be discussed together.
Amendment No. 54 is related to amendment No. 53. Amendments Nos. 53 and 54 will be discussed together.
We will get an expert opinion on it.
The Deputy should stick to the amendment.
Deputy Mansergh, without interruption.
I am sorry. I thought the Deputy had concluded.
Is the amendment being pressed?
Amendments Nos. 57 and 58 are related and may be discussed together.
We have the opportunity to go into private session if the Minister wishes.
I ask that mobile telephones be turned off and not just switched to silent as they interfere with the sound recording equipment.
Amendments Nos. 63 to 65, inclusive, will be discussed together.
Amendment No. 64 is out of order. It is outside the scope of the Bill and is also declaratory in nature.
The Minister has stated this is a matter for the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform and that we are dealing with an increase in the cost of licences. Therefore, we do not want to go into—
We cannot have a Second Stage speech on the issue.
I advise the committee that this is a matter for the Joint Committee on Justice, Equality, Defence and Women’s Rights.
We should leave it. The Minister has stated that his colleague, the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, is dealing with the matter.
We will leave it to the committee of which Deputy Power is Chairman. I am sure he is doing a good job.
We are discussing section 69.
I must advise the committee.
Section 69 provides for an increase to €300——
That is the provision made in section 69.
That is not a matter to be dealt with under this section. We must move on.
That is a matter for another committee.
Amendments Nos. 69 to 85, inclusive, are related and will be discussed together.
Amendments Nos. 87 to 93, inclusive, are related and may be discussed together.
Amendments Nos. 94 to 96, inclusive, are related and may be discussed together.
Amendments Nos. 98 to 101, inclusive, are related and may be discussed together.
Amendments Nos. 103 to 115, inclusive, are related and may be discussed together.
Amendments Nos. 117 and 118 are related and may be discussed together.
Amendment No. 121 is out of order as it involves a charge on the people.
We will not continue to fight the general election.
It is not appropriate to mention somebody who is not here to defend himself.
The Chair has to make that point.
We will move on from this matter as it has become a debate on housing.
That is a positive note on which to move on to the next section.
I remind Deputies that we are on section 105 of the Finance Bill, we are not having a general debate on housing.
Our timetable said we were to finish at 5 p.m., but as this is the last amendment and we have a number of sections to cover, would the committee consider continuing?
I thank members of the committee for doing their business in sight of the agreed time. I thank the Minister and his officials also for their co-operation.
Message to Dáil.
In accordance with Standing Order 87, the following message will be sent to the Dáil: The Select Committee on Finance and the Public Service has completed its consideration of the Finance Bill 2008 an...