Wednesday, 2 July 1986
Dáil Eireann Debate
Also by agreement, the proceedings on the remaining Stages of No. 23 shall be brought to a conclusion not later than 12.30 p.m. today by one question which shall be put from the Chair and which shall, in relation to amendments, include only amendments set down by the Minister for Justice.
Also by agreement, the proceedings on the remaining stages of No. 24 shall be brought to a conclusion not later than 10.30 p.m. today by one question which shall be put from the Chair and which shall, in relation to amendments, include only amendments set down by the Minister for Finance.
Proinsias De Rossa: I object to the proposal in the Order of Business to take No. 8 without debate today. It refers to the Building Control Bill which is being referred to the Joint Committee on Legislation and I was anxious that the referral be debated in the House. This Bill went through Second Stage nearly two years ago and we are now being asked to refer it to a committee. There is no indication what this committee will do with the Bill. The Bankruptcy Bill went before a committee and was with it for almost two years. In this case there is no indication whether the committee will be dealing with Committee Stage. As far as I am aware, there are no Deputies from The Workers' Party or any independent Deputies on that committee. The referring of the Bill to the committee is a denial of our rights to have an input on Committee Stage. For that reason I object very strongly, first of all to the fact that this motion is being taken today without debate and, secondly, to the fact that it is being referred to the committee in this cavalier way.
The Taoiseach: The Bill is a highly technical one, as indeed was the Bankruptcy Bill. It seemed appropriate to refer it to the Joint Committee on Legislation which was established for the purpose, inter alia, of dealing with Bills of this kind. That committee will deal with Committee Stage of the Bill and the Bill will then come back to this House for Report Stage, at which point it will be open to any Deputy to put down amendments. I hope I am right in saying that and that I am not misleading the Deputy. If I am, the Ceann Comhairle will correct me.
An Ceann Comhairle: We cannot have a Committee Stage debate on this. I allowed the Deputy to make a submission  and the Taoiseach replied. If the Deputy wishes to ask a question I will allow it but not another speech.
Proinsias De Rossa: Is the Taoiseach prepared to allow those Deputies who are not represented on the Joint Committee on Legislation to be co-opted onto the committee so that we may have an input on Committee Stage of this Bill?
Proinsias De Rossa: The Joint Committee on Legislation have the right to co-opt members who will have the right to vote as well. I am asking the Taoiseach if he is prepared to permit the co-option of Deputies or to instruct that Members on this side of the House be co-opted onto the committee.
The Taoiseach: There is a precedent for Deputies attending joint committees and putting their views. They are not being deprived of the opportunity to put their views to the committee. Of course, they also have the opportunity to do so on Report Stage in the House. I do not know if that satisfies the Deputy but it is the position as I understand it.
An Ceann Comhairle: As fewer than ten Deputies have risen, in accordance with Standing Orders I declare the motion carried. Item No. 8 will be taken without debate and the names of those demanding a division will be entered in the Journal of the Proceedings of the Dáil.
Mr. Hyland: In view of the decision of the International Court at The Hague I should like permission to raise on the Adjournment the question of President Reagan's support for the rebels in Nicaragua.
Miss Flaherty: With the permission of the Chair, I should like to raise on the Adjournment the request by the City of Dublin VEC to commence a second level pobal scoil in Ballymun, as passed by the Post Primary Advisory Council recently.
Mr. Calleary: In view of the fact that there is no longer sufficient funding for social employment schemes, may I ask the Minister for Labour what steps the Government will take to ensure that adequate funding will be made available to carry on annual schemes for the remainder of the year?
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