Business of Dáil.
As the Deputy knows, the Chair adjudicates on many questions each day: some day there could be dozens and other days there are less than that number. Regarding the questions mentioned by the Fianna F...
That is another question. I have replied to the query raised by Deputy Ahern and, of course, I will reply to the query raised by Deputy O'Kennedy but beyond that I will not go. That would constitute ...
We are getting into an argument and this cannot continue. I am sorry the Chair has no control over the transfer of questions by the Taoiseach to a Minister or by one Minister to another Minister. If...
Deputy O'Kennedy is being disorderly. We cannot have a debate on this matter.
I am calling the first question.
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Membership of Local Authorities.
That is a separate matter. I will allow a final supplementary question to Deputy Molloy.
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Meat Imports.
The Deputy will appreciate that this is purely a statistical question and now that he has got the answer he can avail of some other occasion to put the question that he is putting now.
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Cabra (Dublin) Handicapped Children's Residence.
A question, please, Deputy.
This would be more appropriate to a budget debate.
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Obstetrician-Gynaecologist Posts.
A question, Deputy, please.
The prefix, “Is the Minister aware”, does not turn a speech into a question.
This question is confined to Louth.
I cannot. Standing Order No. 37 is specific.
That would seem to be a reply to Deputy Durkan rather than a question to the Minister.
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Homeless Persons.
A question, please, Deputy.
Question Time has concluded and the Deputy might bear that in mind.
That is not a question.
There can be no more supplementary questions because Question Time is over but the Minister may answer that question.
The remaining questions will appear on tomorrow's Order Paper.
Order of Business.
The Chair will communicate with the Deputy.
That is not relevant on the Order of Business.
There is a motion before the House this evening dealing with that subject and the Deputy is out of order.
I would like to remind the Deputy that he is being disorderly.
I am asking Deputy Leyden to resume his seat.
The Deputy must resume his seat. I am calling Item No. 1.
I will allow the Deputy to ask a question.
Order. I am calling Item No. 1.
Deputy O'Keeffe will resume his seat.
Deputy Leyden will resume his seat. I am calling Item No. 1.
Electoral (Amendment) Bill, 1983: Order for Second Stage.
When is it proposed to take Second Stage of this Bill?
That would be a matter for Second Stage of the Bill.
The Deputy will have every opportunity of raising the subject at length on Second Stage.
The Minister cannot have a debate.
It is well settled that the House cannot discuss the merits of the Bill.
I would remind the Leader of the Opposition that this is purely on the Order of Business to fix the date of Second Reading.
The Deputy cannot have that discussed.
Companies (Amendment) Bill, 1982 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed).
Deputy Flynn is in possession. Order for Deputy Flynn, please.
When is it proposed to take Committee Stage?
Companies (Amendment) Bill, 1982: Committee Stage.
There are some amendments to be circulated now and we will have a pause to enable that to be done. Section 1 agreed to. SECTION 2. Question proposed: “That section 2 stand part of the Bill.”
As there is no amendment of this section, perhaps it might be better to raise the Deputy's question on the section where the word “officer” appears and suggest then that an amendment could be brought ...
The Deputy could give notice that he intended to raise this matter on the other section when we come to it.
Perhaps the Deputy is correct. The Deputy is suggesting that this section be amended to include a definition of the word “officer”.
Amendment 1 is in the name of the Minister. Amendments 2, 3, 5, 7, 10, 21, 22, 23 and 27 are related. Amendments 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 10, 21, 22, 23 and 27 to be taken together and discussed together, by ...
We are on amendment No. 19, is that right?
Perhaps the Deputy would direct his attention to the amendment and when that is disposed of, one way or the other, we will come to the section.
The Chair gets the impression that Deputies are dealing with the section. If that is so, the Chair would wish to dispose of the amendment now. Is the amendment pressed?
Does any Deputy wish to address himself to the amendment? Deputy De Rossa rose.
I asked if any Deputy wished to address himself to the amendment.
Excuse me, I think the Deputy is dealing with the section. I want to dispose of an amendment——
——in the name of Deputy De Rossa and Deputy Mac Giolla.
As the Chair sees it, the amendment proposes to strengthen the section, to enlarge on the section. It substitutes “three-quarters” for “50 per cent”. That is how the Chair sees it.
I ask Deputies to bear with the Chair. The amendment must be taken before the section. The amendment changes the section by making it more severe. If Deputies wish to discuss that the Chair will he...
Perhaps I should have drawn the Deputy's attention to this earlier but I do not think the Deputy should discuss a named company in depth.
The Chair is not responsible for what is in the newspapers but he is responsible for what is said in this House.
There is a general principle here that we do not attack named individuals who have not got an opportunity to defend themselves.
I do not want to interrupt the Deputy. I know he feels strongly about this. This section is an advance warning section. I am sure the Deputy will be able to relate his argument to the section. He ...
Private Members' Business. - School Transport: Motion.
The position is that if a Deputy takes less than the allotted time the Chair must move to the other side.
Deputies Leydon and Reynolds should allow Deputy O'Rourke proceed with the business.
The Chair does not think the Deputy needs much encouragement.