Friday, 3 July 1925
Dáil Éireann Debate
“That the provisions of Standing Orders 79, 86 and 88 as to the giving of notice for the taking of the Second, Fourth and Fifth Stages of a Bill be suspended to permit of the Second, Fourth and Fifth Stages of the Appropriation Bill, 1925, being taken to-day.”
AN CEANN COMHAIRLE: The suspension of Standing Orders is only  necessary for the Fourth and Fifth Stages. It is not necessary to suspend Standing Orders for the Committee Stage, which could be taken immediately. To what extent does Deputy Johnson object?
Mr. JOHNSON: My first objection is that the only notice that was given of this suspension was given before the Bill had received First Reading, and that the notice required according to Standing Orders was not given. I would suggest to the President that he should postpone this motion until the next item on the Order Paper has been disposed of.
AN CEANN COMHAIRLE: The Appropriation Bill is in a category by itself. It is founded on the Estimates passed in Committee and discussed at a certain length. It is really a formal Bill of which Deputies have full knowledge beforehand. The discussion on the Appropriation Bill takes place, not so much on the Appropriation Bill as in Committee on Finance in discussing the Estimates. The practice in another place is that the Second Stage of the Appropriation Bill is used as an opportunity for raising any general question of which notice has been given to the Government. I was only anxious to find out from Deputy Johnson whether he objected to all the Stages being taken to-day, or only to some of them. The proposal now is to go to items 10 and 11 on the Order Paper.
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