Wednesday, 6 December 2000
Dáil Eireann Debate
That, notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders, the financial motions by the Minister for Finance shall be debated for not longer than the times indicated below in each case and that the proceedings thereon, if not previously concluded, shall, in the case of each resolution and any amendments thereto, be brought to a conclusion by one question which shall be put from the Chair: in regard to Resolution No. 1, 30 minutes; in regard to Resolution No. 2, 15 minutes, and in regard to Resolution No. 3, 30 minutes.
Mr. Higgins: (Dublin West): I ask the Minister of State to increase the time available for Resolution No. 1 from 30 minutes to 45 minutes to give each interested Deputy an opportunity to make a contribution. There will be no time limit on the interventions of the Tánaiste who will be able to take up a considerable amount of the 30 minutes available.
Mr. Gilmore: I am very surprised at the short amount of time the Minister of State is proposing. I cannot recall any occasion where, following the Budget Statement, so little time was made available for the Financial Resolutions. I recall a number of occasions where up to one hour was made available for each of the separate resolutions.
Mr. S. Brennan: I will be happy to accept Deputy Flanagan's proposal that 30 minutes be allowed for each of the three resolutions. The Tánaiste assures me that her interventions will be relatively brief. It will be to and fro in a Committee Stage type debate. Deputy Higgins  should, therefore, be able to get involved in the debate.
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