Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Taoiseach's Public Relations Budget.
The Deputy is extending the subject matter of the question.
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Copenhagen Summit Attendance.
Many of the questions raised are more appropriate to the ongoing budget debate.
That is a separate question. Let us come to Question No.3.
Many of the questions being raised now are obviously appropriate to the budget debate.
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Northern Ireland Peace Process.
May I remind the House, as I normally do, that on Tuesday only 30 minutes are provided for in our Standing Orders for dealing with questions to the Taoiseach. There are still a few questions to be di...
Sorry, this is going on too long and we are not proceeding by way of question.
Order. That must be the end of questions to the Taoiseach.
We are well over time.
Let us proceed to priority questions.
There should be no point of order now, Deputy.
I am sorry, Deputy, that does not arise now.
I am proceeding to deal with questions nominated for priority to which a time limit applies.
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Aer Lingus's Financial Position.
Question No. 10.
The House should be aware of the time factor involved in dealing with priority questions.There are 20 minutes only for five questions and we cannot dwell over long on any one question.
A brief question, please.
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Telecom Éireann Investment Programme.
That is a specific matter and worthy of a separate question.
The Deputy should table a question on the subject matter.
The Deputy is going from the general to the particular. Question No. 11, please.
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Financial Contributions to Political Parties.
No; I would be glad to facilitate the Deputy but Standing Orders are against him.
Question No. 12, please. There is no question remaining and time is almost, if not, exhausted.
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Disposal of State Assets.
One voice, and the voice only of the Deputy who tabled the question.
The Deputy should not use that word.
That is parliamentary——
——but it is still a little doubtful.
The Deputy knows full well the procedure at this time.
This is Priority Question Time and the only Deputy who can raise a supplementary question is the Deputy who tabled the question. The Deputy should not intervene at all at this time.
Rubbish. Has the Minister anything else to say?
No, Deputy. I am dealing with disorder from you and I will not entertain a point of order.
I would be grateful if you would do that.
I have told the Deputy that he has not tabled a priority question and he is not entitled to intervene.
I will have no argument. Minister, are you finished with the reply?
Before I leave the Chair I must say that the time for dealing with priority questions is quite exhausted. I have advised the Leas-Cheann Comhairle that we will deal with Deputy Treacy's priority que...
Order of Business.
The Deputy will find another way of raising that matter.
This is not in order now.
Deputy Martin, I must ask you not to ignore the Chair.
If the Deputy persists I shall have to deal with the matter. He may not ignore the Chair.
This is not Question Time.
Is this promised legislation?
I cannot permit the Order of Business to be turned into a mini Question Time.
We have had this question many times.
I call Deputy Batt O'Keeffe.
Deputy Batt O'Keeffe has been called.
What has this to do with the Order of Business? (Interruptions.)
That matter can be raised in some other appropriate way. Deputy Molloy.
Please resume your seat forthwith, Deputy.
I will not hear a point of order.
The Deputy did not advert to any legislation. To what legislation is he now adverting?
That is another matter.
Please, Deputy. I call Deputy Molloy.
If the Deputy persists in ignoring the Chair in this fashion I will not call him again.
To what legislation is the Deputy adverting?
Is this legislation promised?
The Deputy may not make a speech.
Is there anything else on the Order of Business?
The Deputy should put down a question on the matter.
Obviously we are in some difficulty here. I call Deputy O'Rourke.
I cannot compel any Member of the House to speak if he or she does not want to.
Deputy Molloy, resume your seat forthwith.
Not now, Deputy.
Let us keep to promised legislation.
If the Deputy wishes to address a question to the Minister for Health she must put it down in the ordinary way.
That should be sufficient.
I am proceeding to the business ordered.
Private Members' Business. - Defamation Bill, 1995: Second Stage (Resumed).
Sharing time is permissible in this debate.
I am sorry, there is a slight switch. By mutual agreement, I now call Deputy Helen Keogh.
The Deputy is due to conclude at 7.37 p.m. and she has seven minutes remaining.
I hesitate to interrupt the Deputy but I would be grateful if she would move that the debate be adjourned. Debate adjourned.