Order of Business.

Wednesday, 27 January 1988

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 377 No. 1

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The Taoiseach: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  It is proposed to take items Nos. 9 and 10. It is also proposed that the Dáil shall sit later than 9 p.m. today and shall adjourn not later than 12 midnight to enable the Financial Resolutions, with the exception of the General Financial Resolution, to be concluded. It is further proposed that No. 9 shall be taken without debate. It is further proposed that following the Budget Statement of the Minister for Finance and the statements of the spokespersons of the parties in Opposition, the sitting will be suspended for 30 minutes. By agreement, there will be no Private Members' Business this week.

Mr. Dukes: Information on Alan M. Dukes  Zoom on Alan M. Dukes  I hope, Sir, I am not anticipating your normal procedure in seeking the agreement of the House on the various items set out here but, there is a matter which, with your permission I wish to raise on the Order of Business.

I put down a Private Notice Question to the Taoiseach arising from the extraordinary statement made by the British Attorney General on Monday last. The question was disallowed and I do not intend to question your ruling, Sir. It was disallowed on the basis that the Taoiseach intends to make a statement tomorrow. I suggest we might have a more informative series of statements in the House tomorrow if we had been allowed to tease out the issue with the Taoiseach during questions today.

[257] The second point I want to make is that no doubt arrangements will have to be agreed between the Whips for those statements. Since this is a matter of some concern to me and my colleagues in my party, I can give notice that the only arrangement I will agree to will be one which will provide at least for a statement to be made by me in addition to the statement by the Taoiseach.

The Taoiseach: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  I am aware of the widespread feeling there is in the House about these issues and I can assure you, Sir, and Deputy Dukes, that it would be my wish to facilitate Deputies to the greatest extent possible in discussing the matters. I will be glad to arrange for the Chief Whip to contact the other chief Whips with a view to making suitable arrangements.

Mr. D. O'Malley: Information on Desmond J. O'Malley  Zoom on Desmond J. O'Malley  I assume statements will be made in the ordinary way——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  Order, please. May I have agreement for the Order of Business?

Mr. Blaney: Information on Neil T.C. Blaney  Zoom on Neil T.C. Blaney  On the Order of Business, in view of the comments made by Deputy Dukes and the Taoiseach's reply, when the Whips are agreeing this matter, may I ask that cognisance be taken of other Members of this House whose views neither the Leader of the Opposition nor the Leader of the Government represent.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  I want agreement to the Order of Business as outlined by the Taoiseach. Is the proposal to sit later than 9 p.m. today and not later than 12 midnight agreed? Agreed. Is the proposal to deal with No. 9 agreed? Agreed. Is the proposal that following the Budget Statement of the Minister for Finance and the statements of the spokespersons of the parties in Opposition, the sitting will be suspended for 30 minutes agreed? Agreed.

Mr. Allen: Information on Bernard Allen  Zoom on Bernard Allen  May I ask if the Minister for Health will make a statement on the [258] press reports today that the National Social Service Board is to be restored?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  Deputy Allen, please desist. You know you are not in order.


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