Private Notice Questions. - Kosovo Crisis.
Deputy Shatter, please resume your seat. I call Deputy De Rossa.
The Minister is subject to the Order of the House as is every other Member. When Deputy Mitchell wished to come in a second time—
—I told him that five Members had submitted questions, each would be allowed to ask one supplementary and there would then be an opportunity to open the debate.
I am not denying anybody any rights. I call Deputy De Rossa.
Deputy Shatter, I ask you to resume your seat.
Yes, but the Minister is subject to the order of the House the same as you, Deputy Shatter, and as long as the Chair is here the Chair will rule.
The Chair has a function to ensure business is carried out in an orderly way. Five Members—
—submitted a question, Deputy Shatter, and they will each have an opportunity to ask a supplementary question before anybody else has an opportunity—
The Minister replied and I have called Deputy De Rossa.
I call Deputy De Rossa.
Deputy Shatter knows the options.
I have called Deputy De Rossa.
I call Deputy De Rossa.
The Minister has concluded his reply. I call Deputy De Rossa.
Deputy De Rossa should give the Minister a chance to answer the question. The Minister was on his feet.
Deputy Mitchell, allow the Minister to answer.
That applies to the first question but thereafter it goes according to the size of parties.
That is not a point of order.
Deputy De Rossa, I want to bring this matter to a conclusion as we have spent three quarters of an hour on it.
Deputy Higgins, a question please.
That concludes the Private Notice Question.
That does not arise now. Written Answers follow Adjournment Debate.
Adjournment Debate Matters.
I wish to advise the House of the following matters in respect of which notice has been given under Standing Order 20 and the name of the Member in each case: (1) Deputy Wall – the current and future ...
Social Welfare Bill, 1999: Report Stage (Resumed).
The Deputy does not seem to be addressing the amendment.
It is not appropriate to address a budget surplus on Report Stage, particularly where it would involve a charge on the Exchequer.
I must make the same point to Deputy McGrath as I made to Deputy Broughan. He is wandering away from the amendment, which deals with a report to be laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas. It is not ...
Social Welfare Bill, 1999: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage.
Deputy McGrath, you are moving away from the amendment. I remind the House there are 28 amendments remaining and we have about 40 minutes in which to deal with them. Perhaps we could confine ourselves...
It is about presenting a report.
It is about presenting a report to the House and not about advocating anything which would place a cost on the Exchequer.
As amendment No. 13a is out of order, it cannot be moved. Amendment No. 13a not moved.
The Deputy has wandered from the amendment. I do not mind him making a passing reference to an issue that would impose a charge on the Exchequer, but he is straying from the amendment by discussing at...
I must say to the Minister and the Deputy that we are discussing the preparation of a report. We seem to have wandered well away from that.
We cannot discuss the details of what will be in the report.
Amendments Nos. 18 and 21 are related to amendment No. 17 and amendment No. 20 is an alternative so they can be taken together. Is that agreed? Agreed.
The Deputy is moving away from the substance of the amendments. If he stuck to them, he might not invite interruption.
The Deputy must confine his remarks to the amendment. I know that some Members went outside that.
As it is now ten o'clock, I am required to put the following question in accordance with an order of the day: “That the amendments set down by the Minister for Social, Community and Family Affairs and...
Message from Seanad.
Seanad Éireann has accepted the Finance Bill, 1999, without recommendation. The Dáil adjourned at 10.50 p.m. until 10.30 a.m. on Thursday, 25 March 1999.