Order of Business.

Wednesday, 6 February 1991

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 404 No. 7

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The Taoiseach: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  It is proposed to take No. 17. Private Members' Business shall be No. 29, and is is proposed that the proceedings shall be brought to a conclusion at 8.30 p.m.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  Is that agreed? Agreed.

Deputy J. Bruton rose.

Proinsias De Rossa: Information on Prionsias De Rossa  Zoom on Prionsias De Rossa  I wish to ask the Taoiseach——

Mr. J. Bruton: Information on John Bruton  Zoom on John Bruton  Is the Deputy agreeing the motion?

Proinsias De Rossa: Information on Prionsias De Rossa  Zoom on Prionsias De Rossa  There is no motion before us.

The Taoiseach: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  I am opposed to the Deputy's proposal.

Proinsias De Rossa: Information on Prionsias De Rossa  Zoom on Prionsias De Rossa  I am sure you are.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  Are the proposals as outlined by the Taoiseach for dealing with No. 29 agreed? Agreed.

Mr. J. Bruton: Information on John Bruton  Zoom on John Bruton  May I ask the Taoiseach if he is contemplating any amendments to planning legislation to ensure that Government Buildings have to apply for planning permission in order that they comply in full with fire service regulations, in view of the fact as has been alleged on a radio programme today that the Government's rather expensive new building does not comply with normal fire safety requirements?

[1684]An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  I am sure Deputy Bruton is well aware that the matter he has referred to is not one for the Order of Business.

Mr. J. Bruton: Information on John Bruton  Zoom on John Bruton  I am asking if legislation is promised on this matter.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  It must be promised in this House before it is in order to raise it.

Mr. J. Bruton: Information on John Bruton  Zoom on John Bruton  I am inquiring if it has been promised and, if not, surely it should have been.

Proinsias De Rossa: Information on Prionsias De Rossa  Zoom on Prionsias De Rossa  Will the Taoiseach take an opportunity in the House today to make a statement on Mr. Brooke's remarks in regard to the talks in Northern Ireland and the serious situation which could arise if they come to an end? It is a matter of great importance and I feel certain that most Deputies would be anxious to hear such a statement.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  I suggest that that matter be raised at another time, perhaps in another way.

Tomás Mac Giolla: Information on Tomás MacGiolla  Zoom on Tomás MacGiolla  This is as good a time as any to raise it.

Mr. Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin  Following the enactment of the Building Controls Bill, will the Taoiseach say when the building regulations under that Act will be drawn up and circularised?

The Taoiseach: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  I will communicate with the Deputy about the present state of the regulations.

Mr. Deasy: Information on Austin Deasy  Zoom on Austin Deasy  Will the Minister for Agriculture and Food be making a statement to the House on the talks at the meeting of the Council of Ministers over the past few days, with particular reference to the Commissioner's proposals which, if implemented, will have dire consequences for our economy?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  I am sure the [1685] Deputy can find another way of raising that matter.

Mr. Deasy: Information on Austin Deasy  Zoom on Austin Deasy  I should just like to know if the Minister will be making a statement.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  You might put down a question in relation to the matter.

Mr. Deasy: Information on Austin Deasy  Zoom on Austin Deasy  It is normal to——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  No, not now, Deputy.

Mr. McCartan: Information on Patrick McCartan  Zoom on Patrick McCartan  Will the Taoiseach or the Minister for Justice tell the House at what stage the promised legislation is with regard to the regulation of telephone tapping? We were advised in this House, as long ago as last October, that it was with the Attorney General's Office and I wonder when it will be circulated.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  Is legislation promised?

The Taoiseach: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  It is not likely this session.

Mr. McCartan: Information on Patrick McCartan  Zoom on Patrick McCartan  It is very definitely promised — and needed — legislation. Given that it was with the Attorney General's Office as long ago as October-November last year, will the Taoiseach say what difficulties are impeding its progress?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  It should not be the subject of argument or debate.

Mr. McCartan: Information on Patrick McCartan  Zoom on Patrick McCartan  I am asking what difficulties are preventing it from being circulated this session.

Mr. Deenihan: Information on Jimmy Deenihan  Zoom on Jimmy Deenihan  Some time ago in the Dáil I asked the Taoiseach if the Government intended drawing up legislation on the report of the committee set up to monitor crowd and public safety control. The Taoiseach promised that an assessment of legislation required was being considered. Will the Taoiseach indicate [1686] whether legislation will now be forthcoming to put in place the recommendations of the committee?

The Taoiseach: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  It is a border line case and the legislation that may be required as a result of the report is still under consideration.

Mr. Noonan: Information on Michael Noonan  Zoom on Michael Noonan  (Limerick East): In regard to promised legislation, will the Taoiseach indicate the publication date of the legislation promised to implement the recommendations of the Gleeson report 31?

The Taoiseach: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  No, I cannot give the Deputy a date at this stage.

Mr. Noonan: Information on Michael Noonan  Zoom on Michael Noonan  (Limerick East): Will it be in this session?

The Taoiseach: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  I do not think so.

Mr. Yates: Information on Ivan Yates  Zoom on Ivan Yates  Will the Taoiseach state the current situation in relation to the Road Transport Bill to liberalise road passenger services, and which will provide competition for CIE? It was not circulated on the A or B list but it has been promised by the Minister for some time. Is it envisaged that it will be published this session?

The Taoiseach: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  It may be published this session but it will not be taken in this session.

Mr. Rabbitte: Information on Pat Rabbitte  Zoom on Pat Rabbitte  I wish to thank the Taoiseach for bestowing another Minister of State on my constituency. I wonder if this means that the Tallaght Hospital will now start on schedule.

The Taoiseach: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  It means that the Deputy will be under very considerable pressure in the future.


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