Other Questions. - Social Welfare Benefits.
The Minister is entitled to six minutes as these are oral questions. He still has a minute remaining.
Please allow Deputy Broughan to ask his supplementary question.
Does the Deputy have a question?
Does the Deputy have a question?
The Deputy's minute is concluded.
Please, Deputy Broughan, there are other Deputies anxious to ask questions.
The Minister, without interruption.
I call Deputy Crawford.
We now move to Private Notice Questions to the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform on the temporary release of persons convicted of the killing of Detective Garda Jerry McCabe.
Private Notice Questions. - Prisoner Releases.
I will call on the Deputies who tabled questions to the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform in the order in which they submitted their questions to the Ceann Comhairle's office.
I call on the Minister to reply to the two questions.
The Minister of State must be allowed to reply without interruption. Deputy Shatter.
The Deputy must allow the Minister of State to reply without interruption.
Deputy Shatter, please. The Minister of State is in possession and should be given a chance to reply.
Deputy Flanagan, please.
I ask the Deputy to allow the Minister of State to reply without interruption.
Deputy Enright, please. I call Deputy Noonan.
I ask Deputies to cease interrupting, otherwise we will move on to the next business. It is grossly unfair not to allow the Minister of State to reply. Four or five Deputies are interrupting continuou...
The Deputy is not entitled to ask anything while the Minister of State is on her feet replying to a question.
I call Deputy Howlin. The two questions can be taken together.
The Deputy must allow the Minister of State to reply.
Deputy Howlin, please allow the Minister of State to answer the question.
Deputy Dukes, a number of Deputies are offering and I want to facilitate them. We will move on to the next business if the Deputy keeps interrupting the Minister of State.
Deputy Howlin, please.
The Minister of State should be allowed to continue without interruption.
Deputy Dukes should allow the Minister to continue without interruption.
I call Deputy Shatter. I intend to bring the debate on this question to a conclusion in approximately five minutes. If Deputies wish to interrupt that is fine, if they want to ask questions that is eq...
The Minister of State should be allowed to conclude.
Members should allow the Minister of State to conclude.
The Minister of State must be allowed to conclude.
I ask the Minister of State not to answer questions that come by way of interruption.
Before the Minister of State replies, I wish to take questions from the two Members who are offering, Deputies Finucane and Flanagan. We will then conclude on this matter.
The Deputy is making a Second Stage speech.
Deputy Finucane should conclude. I wish to facilitate his colleague, Deputy Flanagan.
Deputy Flanagan, please give the Minister of State the courtesy of listening to her reply. If Members do not wish to hear replies to their questions we can move on to the next business.
Deputy Shatter, if you do not resume your seat I will ask you to leave the House.
Minister of State, I ask you to draw your remarks to a conclusion as it is obvious that it will be impossible to reply in the face of interruptions. We must move on to the next business.
Deputy Enright, you are reflecting on the Chair. I ask you to withdraw that remark.
You have reflected on the Chair, Deputy, and I ask you to withdraw your remark.
Do you withdraw the remark, unequivocally?
Deputies have had three quarters of an hour to ask questions.
There has been no limit.
The Chair is not responsible for the Minister of State's answers. Are you withdrawing the remark, Deputy Enright?
You are withdrawing the remark. I call on the Minister of State to conclude.
It is appalling that the Minister of State is not allowed to reply without interruption from six or seven Deputies. The level of interruption is grossly unfair to any Minister.
Every Member of the House is entitled to ask a question or to answer one. The number of interruptions prevented the Minister of State from answering questions. We have now come to the end of question ...
The Chair would not have approved of continuous interruptions when any Member of the House is on his or her feet.
Adjournment Debate Matters.
I wish to advise the House of the following matters in respect of which notice has been given under Standing Order 21 and the name of the Member in each case: (1) Deputy Ring – the payment of unemploy...
Nice Summit: Statements.
Please, Deputy Quinn.
Deputy Bruton, this must be very brief as there is no provision for a question time on—
There is a yield procedure to ask one question but not a series of questions. The intervention must be brief, and in a debate on which a time limit applies, it must be extra brief.
Insurance Bill, 1999: From the Seanad.
Amendments Nos. 2 and 16 are related and are to be taken together by agreement. Section 19: Seanad amendment No. 2: In page 25, lines 51 and 52 deleted and the following substituted: “.–Section 17 of ...
Amendments Nos. 4, 5 and 6 are related and amendments Nos. 5 and 6 are cognate and are to be taken together. Section 22: Seanad amendment No. 4: In page 26, line 37, “or herself” deleted.
This is a drafting amendment.
Amendments Nos. 8 and 9 are related and are to be taken together by agreement. Seanad amendment No. 8:
Amendment No. 10 is consequential on amendment No. 11 and they are to be taken together by agreement. Section 23: Seanad amendment No. 10: In page 29, line 33, “or” deleted.
Seanad amendment No.11 was already discussed with amendment No. 10. Seanad amendment No. 11: In page 29, lines 35 to 39 deleted and the following substituted: “‘(III) taking cash from a client in circ...
Amendment No. 12 is a drafting amendment. Seanad amendment No. 12: In page 30, line 1, after “an authorised investment”, “business” inserted.
Amendment No. 14 is a drafting amendment. Seanad amendment No. 14: Section 24 : In page 30, line 39, “deleting” deleted and “ the deletion of” substituted. Seanad amendment agreed to. Seanad amendment...
Seanad amendment No. 16 was already discussed with amendment No. 2. Seanad amendment No. 16: Section 28 : In page 33, lines 16 to 25 deleted and the following substituted: –Section 31 of the Act of 19...
Message from Seanad Éireann.
Seanad Éireann has passed the National Treasury Management Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2000.
Message from Select Committee.
The Select Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine has considered the Fisheries (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill, 2000, and has made no amendments thereto.
Adjournment Debate. - British Army Personnel.
As the first two items relate to the British Army Board they will be taken together. Each Deputy will have five minutes and the Minister or Minister of State will have ten minutes in which to reply. D...
Adjournment Debate. - Human Rights Commission.
The Minister, without interruption.
Written Answers. - Hospital Services.
Asked the minister: the number of beds for kidney dialysis available at Cavan General Hospital at present; if there has been provision for extra places; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.
Asked the minister: the date on which a person (details supplied) in County Monaghan went on the waiting list for admission to a Dublin hospital; when the person will be called; and if he will make a statement on the mat...