Order of Business.

Wednesday, 7 June 1995

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 454 No. 1

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The Taoiseach: Information on John Bruton  Zoom on John Bruton  It is proposed to take Nos. 8, 1 and 2.

It is also proposed, notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders, that: (1) [3] No. 8 shall be decided without debate; (2) the sitting shall not be suspended at 1.30 p.m.; and (3) Private Members' Business shall also be taken tomorrow between 12 noon and 1.30 p.m. and the proceedings theron shall be brought to a conclusion at 1.30 p.m.

Private Members' Business shall be No. 24.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  Is the proposal that No. 8 be decided without debate satisfactory and agreed? Agreed. Is the proposal that the sitting shall not be suspended at 1.30 p.m. today satisfactory? Agreed. Is it agreed that Private Members' Business be taken tomorrow at the agreed time? Agreed.

Mrs. O'Rourke: Information on Mary O'Rourke  Zoom on Mary O'Rourke  May I ask the Taoiseach when it is intended that the Minister for Enterprise and Employment will issue his decision on the Competition Authority report? It has a unique bearing on the fortunes of the Irish Press and it is imperative that we have such a report.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  I feel sure the House will have ample time to discuss that matter and the Chair is very sympathetic in regard to it.

Miss Harney: Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  Will the Taoiseach state if the Government proposes to bring in legislation before the summer recess to provide for the establishment of a third banking force?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  Can we relate this to legislation of any kind?

The Taoiseach: Information on John Bruton  Zoom on John Bruton  I am not aware that any legislation has been specifically promised on that matter. Obviously, if legislation is necessary it will be introduced in due course.

Miss Harney: Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  Has the Government made a decision to approve the trustee's demand to dispose of the Trustee Savings Bank and to apply the proceeds to the capitalisation of ACC and ICC?

[4]An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  Surely this must be dealt with in another way.

Miss Harney: Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  The Government made a commitment on this and many comments have been made in the media that the Government was to make a decision “yesterday”, “last week”, etc. Will the Taoiseach indicate whether a decision has been made in this matter?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  It does not arise now.

Miss Harney: Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  When will it arise because——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  I am sorry. Deputy Harney. The Deputy knows what is appropriate at this time.

Miss Harney: Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  Why is the Taoiseach so reluctant to comment?

Mr. S. Brennan: Information on Seamus Brennan  Zoom on Seamus Brennan  When will the ESB legislation be introduced to allow the private production of electricity as promised by the Minister? Will the Taoiseach confirm to the House that he has the support of the Labour Party and Democratic Left of this legislation?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  Let us keep to the business before us.

Mr. Dempsey: Information on Noel Dempsey  Zoom on Noel Dempsey  It is promised legislation.

The Taoiseach: Information on John Bruton  Zoom on John Bruton  The legislation to amend the electricity Acts is at an early stage of preparation. I do not expect it will be ready before the end of the year.

Mr. S. Brennan: Information on Seamus Brennan  Zoom on Seamus Brennan  And the second part of my question?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  It does not arise now.

The Taoiseach: Information on John Bruton  Zoom on John Bruton  The second part of the Deputy's question does not arise on the Order of Business.

[5]An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  It will arise at the appropriate time.

Mr. S. Brennan: Information on Seamus Brennan  Zoom on Seamus Brennan  It will arise?

The Taoiseach: Information on John Bruton  Zoom on John Bruton  I would not count on it if I were the Deputy.

Mr. Dempsey: Information on Noel Dempsey  Zoom on Noel Dempsey  Does that mean the Taoiseach cannot confirm that he has the support?

Mr. Martin: Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin  Will the Taoiseach ask the Minister for Education to clarify the situation with respect to procedures to be adopted for correcting examinations for secondary students?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  Clearly the matter referred to by Deputy Martin is not related to the Order of Business.

Mr. Martin: Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin  This matter was raised this morning in the public arena. Perhaps time can be taken in the House to allay public concern.


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