Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers.
I am sorry, Deputy, I am not entertaining any such question at this stage. I am proceeding now, as is normal, to deal with questions.
The Deputy may think so but he will have to find another way of raising the matter.
The Deputy ought to have done me the courtesy of appraising me of his intention to raise this matter. We might have found a way around it. He will have to raise it at another time.
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Temple Bar, Dublin, Development.
The issue should not lead to argument.
I want to bring this matter to finality. I acknowledge that seven questions were involved but we have spent wellnigh 25 minutes on the subject. I will call Deputy Byrne and, finally, Deputy Spring.
This is extraneous matter.
I had hoped to get on to another question, Deputy Bruton.
We are now half an hour on these questions.
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Powers of EC Court of Auditors.
It is a separate matter.
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - EC Common Security Proposals.
A final question, Deputy Bruton.
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Status of Women Commission Recommendations.
I call Deputy Fennell who has a number of questions tabled on this subject.
Let us now come to deal with questions nominated for priority. Need I say, I am anxious to have the five questions disposed of within the time limit laid down.
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Housing Legislation.
Deputy Allen should not interrupt.
I appeal for brevity for obvious reasons. It is a priority question.
Sorry, Deputy Howlin, the question is going on too long and clearly to the disadvantage of other priority questions.
There is another Deputy involved.
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Homeless Persons.
Deputy Mitchell, a very brief question. If I am to dispose of the next question in the name of your colleague, Deputy Ivan Yates, it must be called very shortly.
Adjournment Debate Matters.
I wish to advise the House of the following matters in respect of which notice has been given to me under Standing Order 20(3)(a) and the name of the Member in each case: (1) Deputy Sheehan — The seri...
Order of Business.
The only proposal to be put to the House is that Item No. 8 be taken without debate. If this item is to be opposed I will, in accordance with procedure, call on a spokesperson for each of the parties...
I am calling Deputy Spring for a brief and relevant contribution.
The merits of the Bill or the motion proper do not arise now.
Do you wish me to reply now or to await what Deputy Proinsias De Rossa may have to say? I can tell Deputy Spring now that in respect of the adequacy of the notice and allocation of time motion before...
I am going on to deal with your question comprehensively, Deputy.
I am completely satisfied that the motions before us today, Deputy, are in order; I have taken very great care to ensure that.
In so far as the Taoiseach's motion is concerned, an allocation of time motion is normal practice in this House. The Taoiseach, in announcing the Order of Business, frequently proposes arrangements f...
I will not allow my ruling to be challenged in this fashion. I would draw the attention of Members to the preamble to the motion before us on the Order Paper which states: “That, notwithstanding anyth...
I have allowed spokespersons for the parties in Opposition to comment. I am now putting the question.
There will be ample time on the various Stages of the Bill for making all those points.
Deputy Spring, I have no doubt in the matter and the Deputy need have no doubt about it either. There are many precedents whereby an allocation of time motion governs more than one day's sitting——
As I have already stated, the preamble to item No. 8 states “That, notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders ...” and allows for this, and Standing Order 143 does not apply in this instance. I woul...
I am not going to listen to continuous points of order.
That is a hypothetical question, Deputy.
I am putting the main question.
The question is “That No. 8 shall be decided without debate” and I am now putting that question. Question put. The Dáil divided: Tá, 71; Níl, 66. Tá
Statute Of Limitations (Amendment) Bill, 1991: First Stage.
Is this Bill opposed?
Second Stage will be taken in Private Members' time.
Order Of Business (Resumed).
I am not certain this is appropriate to the Order of Business. When was this legislation promised, Deputy?
Deputy Bruton should find another way of raising that matter. It is not appropriate now.
Allocation of Time: Motion.
This matter cannot be debated. Question put: “That the words proposed to be deleted stand.” The Dáil divided: Tá, 70; Níl, 65. Tá
Amendment No. 2 in the names of Deputy De Rossa and his colleagues cannot now be moved; it falls having regard to the decision on amendment No. 1. Amendment No. 2 not moved.
I am now obliged to put the question proper. The question is “That the motion in respect of item No. 8, be agreed to.” Question put and declared carried.
Local Government Bill, 1991: Second Stage.
The Minister is in order in moving Second Stage now.
The question of fixing the Order for Second Stage does not arise now. It has already been provided for in the motion proper, if Deputies will observe the motion. Second Stage has been fixed——
——in the motion.
Not now, Deputy; at the termination of the debate, yes.
It is covered by paragraph (5) of the motion proper.
The House has decided on that matter. I assert that the Minister is now in order in moving Second Stage.
I must bring to the notice of Members the motion proper and paragraph (5) thereof which states: “the Second Stage of the Local Government Bill, 1991, shall be taken today and the question necessary to...
There is no need to get the House to fix a time or dates now. The taking of the Second Stage is already provided for in paragraph (5) of Item No. 8 which has already been agreed to.
I have already stated the position in the matter, Deputy. I have nothing more to add.
The last point of order.
The Minister is in order.
I have allowed the Deputy to make his point of order. I have called on the Minister to move that the Bill be read a Second Time.
Please, Deputy McCartan——
If the Deputy feels there is anything fundamentally wrong with the procedure he knows what to do.
The Chair is completely satisfied in respect of the matter under discussion. I have called the Minister a number of times to move that the Bill be now read a Second Time. There is no ambiguity in the...
Private Members' Business. - Ethics in Government and Public Office Bill, 1991: Second Stage.
That is hardly a point of order, Deputy. Let us hear the Minister without interruption.
Deputy Howlin was heard without interruption. Let us afford the same courtesy to the Minister.
Adjournment Debate. - Farm Development Offices.
Is that agreed? Agreed.
Adjournment Debate. - Environment and Health Matters.
The House will now hear two minute statements on matters appropriate to the Minister for the Environment and to the Minister for Health. I propose to call the Deputies selected in the following order...
The Deputy has exhausted this time.