Order of Business.

Wednesday, 17 October 1984

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 352 No. 11

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The Taoiseach: Information on Garrett Fitzgerald  Zoom on Garrett Fitzgerald  It is proposed to take Item No. 7.

Mr. Haughey: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  What is the position in regard to the Book of Estimates for 1985?

The Taoiseach: Information on Garrett Fitzgerald  Zoom on Garrett Fitzgerald  It is in preparation at present and it will be published in due course. I cannot give the Deputy a date at the moment but I will check it for him and let him know.

Mr. Haughey: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  Could the Taoiseach indicate whether the Estimates have yet been cleared by the Government? He will recall that there is a specific undertaking by this Government that the Book of Estimates will be published each year in September so that it can be debated by the House during this term. Perhaps the Taoiseach could indicate what exactly is the state of preparation of the Book of Estimates at present.

The Taoiseach: Information on Garrett Fitzgerald  Zoom on Garrett Fitzgerald  The national plan is completed and there are clear guidelines for Estimates for the next three years. Therefore, the work of preparing the 1985 Estimates is relatively straightforward based on that. However, the national plan took precedence over the [2572] Estimates and the actual Estimates will go to the Government in the near future for approval.

Mr. Haughey: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  I am not clear on this——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  You cannot ask another question.

Mr. G. Collins: Information on Gerard Collins  Zoom on Gerard Collins  What business have we here if we cannot ask questions?

Mr. Haughey: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  The Book of Estimates——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  I suggest that, out of courtesy to the Chair, he should be addressed by one Deputy at a time.

Mr. Haughey: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  The Book of Estimates is probably the single most important document produced by the Government every year.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  A discussion on its present state is not in order.

Mr. Haughey: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  I asked about the Estimates and the Taoiseach gave me an answer regarding the national plan. I think I am entitled to ask the Taoiseach specifically what is the present state of the Book of Estimates.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  The Deputy asked that question and the Taoiseach answered it.

Mr. Haughey: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  I wish to reiterate my question in order, if possible, to get an answer. The Taoiseach knows — so do you — that the Government specifically promised that the Book of Estimates would be brought out in September every year so that the House could debate it during this session.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  The Deputy can put down a question; I am not going to have a discussion on it now.

Mr. Haughey: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  I am not having a discussion, I am asking a specific question. Is [2573] the Book of Estimates ready for presentation? Is it before the Government or has the Taoiseach now to acknowledge to the House that it is another promise, another commitment, that has not been kept?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  The Taoiseach answered your question.

The Taoiseach: Information on Garrett Fitzgerald  Zoom on Garrett Fitzgerald  I endeavoured to enlighten the Deputy but it is not easy to enlighten him. The national plan is the more important document because it sets out the framework——

Mr. Lenihan: Information on Brian Lenihan Snr.  Zoom on Brian Lenihan Snr.  It has nothing to do with the Book of Estimates.

The Taoiseach: Information on Garrett Fitzgerald  Zoom on Garrett Fitzgerald  ——for spending, capital and current, for each Department for three years ahead, something which no previous Government attempted to do. As the framework exists for 1985, the work of translating this into the precise details of the Book of Estimates is virtually complete and will be going to the Government shortly.

Mr. R. Burke: Information on Ray Burke  Zoom on Ray Burke  There was an item in the national plan referring to a £5,000 grant available for transferring from local authority houses to purchase houses. The plan has been published for two weeks——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  We will be discussing the plan all day today and tomorrow.

Mr. R. Burke: Information on Ray Burke  Zoom on Ray Burke  I should just like to ask the Minister for the Environment when details of that scheme will be published.

The Taoiseach: Information on Garrett Fitzgerald  Zoom on Garrett Fitzgerald  In about two weeks' time.

Mr. E. O'Keeffe: Information on Ned O'Keeffe  Zoom on Ned O'Keeffe  Would the Taoiseach request the Minister for Agriculture and the Minister for Labour to intervene in the very serious situation which has arisen in the bacon curing industry——

[2574]An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  I am sorry, that does not arise on the Order of Business.

Mr. E. O'Keeffe: Information on Ned O'Keeffe  Zoom on Ned O'Keeffe  Our bacon curers——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  The Deputy is out of order.

Mr. Gregory-Independent: Information on Tony Gregory  Zoom on Tony Gregory  I should like to raise on the Adjournment the strike action at Dunnes Store and the issue of the sale of South African goods.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  I will communicate with the Deputy.

Mr. Allen: Information on Bernard Allen  Zoom on Bernard Allen  Is the Minister for Industry, Trade, Commerce and Tourism drafting legislation at present as a result of the report submitted to his Department in 1982 by the Restrictive Practices Commission in relation to the monopoly enjoyed in legal conveyancing of house purchases?

Minister for Industry, Trade, Commerce and Tourism (Mr. J. Bruton): Information on John Bruton  Zoom on John Bruton  I expect to be presenting recommendations to the Government regarding this matter in the very near future.

Mr. Calleary: Information on Seán Calleary  Zoom on Seán Calleary  I should like to raise on the Adjournment the subject matter of Question No. 731 of Wednesday, 10 October 1984.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  I will communicate with the Deputy.

Mr. E. O'Keeffe: Information on Ned O'Keeffe  Zoom on Ned O'Keeffe  I have raised a matter of great national importance——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Deputy O'Keeffe will have to find another way of raising this matter.

Mr. E. O'Keeffe: Information on Ned O'Keeffe  Zoom on Ned O'Keeffe  May I raise it on the Adjournment?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  I will communicate with the Deputy.

(Interruptions.)

[2575]An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Order, please, Deputy Skelly on the Order of Business.

Mr. Skelly: Information on Liam Skelly  Zoom on Liam Skelly  I should like to raise on the Adjournment a proposal to site a refuse dump for Dublin city and county in the Liffey valley.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  I will communicate with the Deputy.

Mr. Lyons: Information on Denis Lyons  Zoom on Denis Lyons  Reference was made on the Government side to jobs and employment——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  That is not a point of order.

(Interruptions.)


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