Priority Questions. - Nice Treaty Referendum.
Very briefly, Deputy O'Keeffe. Time is running out.
Other Questions. - Armaments Industry.
Please allow the Minister to continue without interruption.
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 Coveney – the legalisation of ...
Suspension of Member.
Before proceeding to the Order of Business, the House must deal with the postponed division relating to the suspension of a Member. Last Thursday, 11 October, on the question, “That Deputy Gerry Reyn...
Request to move Adjournment of Dáil under Standing Order 31.
Having considered the matter fully, I do not consider it to be contemplated by Standing Order 31. Therefore, I cannot grant leave to move the motion. In regard to the second topic, I have received not...
Having con sidered the matter fully, I do not consider it to be contemplated by Standing Order 31. Therefore, I cannot grant leave to move the motion.
Order of Business.
There is one proposal to put to the House. Is the proposal for dealing with No. 24 without debate agreed?
I remind Deputy Sargent that Standing Order 26(2) provides for merely a brief statement opposing the proposal before the House.
The Deputy's remarks should be directed to the proposal before the House.
As I have already said, this item relates to a motion about the referral to a joint committee of a taxation relief order. Question put: “That the proposal for dealing with No. 24 be agreed to”.
There is no provision for further discussion on leaders' questions. I call Deputy Quinn to ask his question.
Deputy Gormley, this is questions for leaders of the Fine Gael Party and the Labour Party.
Please, Deputy Sargent.
Does the Deputy have a question relevant to the Order of Business?
Please, Deputy Owen. Does the Deputy have a question relevant to the Order of Business?
It is not a fair point of order. The Deputy has asked a question about a Bill and I will allow the Taoiseach to answer it. The Deputy does not have to make a statement on it.
We cannot have a debate on it. I am calling the Taoiseach and we will then move on to next business.
As the Bill has been withdrawn, further discussion on it does not arise.
If Deputy Sargent does not have a question pertinent to the Order of Business, I will move on to the written group.
The Taoiseach on the Civil Defence Bill.
A question appropriate to the Order of Business.
Does the Deputy have a question pertinent to the Order of Business?
The first part of the question, concerning when the Bill will be before the House, is relevant.
That does not arise on the Order of Business.
Will Deputy Higgins, please, allow his colleague, Deputy Healy, to speak?
It was not relevant.
The Deputy will have to find another way of raising it. It is not relevant to the Order of Business.
The content of the Electricity Bill is not relevant to the Order of Business.
Electoral (Amendment) Bill, 2000: From the Seanad.
Deputy Gilmore on a point of order.
That is correct.
I have allowed the Deputy to make his point. We are dealing with an amendment from the Seanad. This procedure is covered by Standing Order 57 which is very specific. It states: An amendment made by th...
The Chair has been more than fair to the Deputy in allowing him time.
That depends on how the amendment is dealt with and whether it has any impact.
There will be an opportunity to comment on this issue on Fourth Stage.
We will only deal with the amendment now.
The point has been made. The item before the House is an amendment from the Seanad. The relevant Standing Order is quite specific so we wish to debate the amendment.
What we should do at this stage, Deputy Gilmore, is deal with the business before the House, that is, No. 1. Depending on how the amendment is dealt with—
Unfortunately, we will not have a Fifth Stage. We are dealing with the amendment now.
We are dealing with one item which is before the House and agreed to by the Whips. I suggest that we deal with that item at this stage.
That is not the function of the Chair.
What the Deputy is doing is introducing business to the House that the Chair has no competence to accept. The Chair is dealing with No. 1, as agreed to by the House this afternoon, an amendment from t...
The Deputy has made his point and the Chair has been very flexible with him. He has had ten minutes to make his point.
The Chair has made a ruling.
The Chair cannot decide on the legal interpretation of legislation and then make rules as to how the House will deal with it. The Chair is obliged to deal with the business before the House. The busin...
The Deputy will have to find another way of doing so because the Chair is now proceeding to—
But not the Seanad's particular amendment.
The amendment may be agreed to or rejected by the House. We are taking it now. The Deputy is totally out of order. The Chair has ruled that we are taking the amendment now. I am having no more debate ...
No, I have ruled that we are taking the amendment now.
Industrial Designs Bill, 2000: Report and Final Stages.
Is the amendment being pressed?
Amendment No. 9 arises out of Commitee proceedings.
Private Members' Business. - Services to Western Counties: Motion.
I understand Deputy Higgins is sharing the remaining time with Deputy Perry.
Written Answers. - Alcohol-Drug Treatment Services.
Asked the minister: the number of people aged 15 to 20 years admitted to psychiatric units for abuse of alcohol and drugs; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Written Answers. - Inland Waterways.
Asked the minister: the position regarding the refurbishment of the Ulster Canal; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
Written Answers. - Drug Seizures.
Asked the minister: the amount of each drug of abuse confiscated in each Garda district in each of the past three years for which fig ures are available; and if he will make a statement on the matter.