Thursday, 13 March 1975
Dáil Eireann Debate
Mr. Cunningham: During Question Time today we had a number of Parliamentary Secretaries deputising for Ministers, which is quite in order. In the course of his reply to Question No. 17 dealing with the attitude of the Minister for Education towards Deputies, I regarded the reply as unsatisfactory and not in accordance with fact. I found either no reply to supplementaries or unsatisfactory replies. The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education also  stood in for the Minister for Industry and Commerce. I am sure this is permissible, but——
Mr. Cunningham: I was granted permission to raise with the Minister for Education the subject matter of Question No. 17. In my opinion the Parliamentary Secretary is not capable on behalf of the Minister, to give the reasons for a ministerial decision and the factors which caused that decision.
An Ceann Comhairle: That is not the subject matter of the question. The Deputy is dealing with another matter. The Deputy will have another opportunity to do what he is now doing. I want him to deal with the subject matter of Question No. 17 on today's Order Paper.
Mr. Cunningham: In view of the fact that the Minister is not here but is replaced by his Parliamentary Secretary, with whom I was dissatisfied earlier in the day, I ask leave to have the Question on the Adjournment postponed.
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