Tuesday, 11 June 1991
Dáil Éireann Debate
The Taoiseach: It is proposed to take Nos. 1, 13 and 14. It is also proposed that the proceedings on the Committee and remaining Stages of No. 13, if not previously concluded, shall be brought to a conclusion at 7.00 p.m. 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 the Marine.
Tomás Mac Giolla: Once more we object to the guillotine, in this case on the Sea Pollution Bill. There is no provision for Report Stage and I understand there are still 40 amendments outstanding, so we in The Workers' Party are opposing the guillotine on that item.
Mr. J. Bruton: In view of his statements in the House today can the Taoisearch state categorically that, notwithstanding the fact that the Government's budgetary assumptions in regard to revenue and unemployment are not going to be achieved, there will not be a mini budget this year?
Mr. J. Bruton: If the Government had any proposals to have a mini budget it would have a very large effect on the legislative programme and I think we should have a clear and unambiguous statement on that.
Mr. McCartan: It was our understanding in The Workers' Party that the committee on crime would be established by way of motion in this House today at the latest. May I ask the Taoiseach what day it is intended that the motion be moved? Will he confirm that there will be an opportunity for a debate on the establishment of the committee when the motion is being moved?
The Taoiseach: It is hoped to have the motion next week. The Chief Whip is absent unavoidably today and, likewise tomorrow. I hope we will get agreement on the terms of reference. That is the normal way in which we proceed.
Mr. Quinn: Arising from what the Taoiseach has just said in relation to committees and having regard to some reports in the weekend newspapers, can he indicate whether it is also proposed to introduce a motion next week to establish a foreign affairs committee?
Mr. J. Bruton: Would I be wrong in suggesting that we are not to have a foreign affairs committee simply because there has been a deterioration in personal relations between the Taoiseach and a member of his own party?
Mr. M. Higgins: As the originator of the suggestion that we have a foreign affairs committee and as someone who has welcomed the widespread support all around this House for it, I should like to ask the Taoiseach whether, in view of the fact that he has had talks with leaders of the parties about the formation of such a committee, he proposes to have any further talks, particularly as to the terms of reference of the committee? Will he be having such talks in this session?
Mr. Byrne: In the light of the Government's decision recently to settle the case of Mrs. McDermott and Ms. Cotter and in the light of the findings of the European Court of Justice in favour of these two women who, it was found, were victims of discrimination under the EC Directive on Equal Treatment for Men and Women——
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