Order of Business.
It is proposed to take No. 24, Statements on Tobacco Regulations; No. 25, Education for Persons with Disabilities Bill 2003 – Second Stage (resumed). It is proposed, notwithstanding anything in Standi...
To clarify the matter for Deputy Kenny, the moratorium runs out at the end of December. If no decision is taken by the Council of Ministers on 27 November, the research can proceed without any control...
Yes, exactly. It is European funding. The question is whether the Ministers want such research to be carried out in those countries that do not have ethical problems with it under some control regime ...
The first legislation the Deputy mentioned will come before the House this session, as I think he is aware. The second will be—
The Bill is not dealing with that issue. The second Bill is also this session.
Various pieces of legislation in the health area are promised, as the Deputy is aware, particularly to implement the reform programme outlined by the Minister for Health and Children on behalf of the ...
I am not certain that legislation is necessary in this area.
As the Deputy knows—
—the Minister has been very supportive of home births.
I will discuss that matter with the Director of Consumer Affairs this week. The regulations will be put in place as quickly as we can make that happen. I will bring them before the House.
Hopefully, if that is technically possible.
I will appoint Deputy Rabbitte to make that visit on my behalf.
If any expenses are involved, I will reimburse them personally.
There are no proposals for new legislation in respect of the Blasket Islands, as Deputy Higgins knows.
I understand that some aspects of the An Blascaod Mór National Park Act, which was enacted in 1989—
—for the purpose of preserving the Blasket Islands for the nation, were found to be unconstitutional. I am not aware of any proposals to amend that Act. Perhaps the Deputy will—
I am sure it is being examined, but—
—no particular legislation is promised at the moment.
The other Bill mentioned by the Deputy will be brought forward next year.
The Ombudsman (amendment) Bill will be brought forward in the middle of next year. The other Bill mentioned by the Deputy will be brought forward early next year.
The Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform is at a meeting of the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council and the Taoiseach is in Cyprus to meet his counterpart. I mention this to remove any doubt ...
One is criticised when one misses these meetings, so one cannot have it every way.
The Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform spoke earlier this week about the protection of witnesses. He suggested that a system of accepting statements in court, such as that used in Canada, c...
In case there is any doubt about it, the Whips have authority to act on behalf of the Government at the Whips' meetings, which are the appropriate fora for certain discussions. The Government does not...
About 100 other matters have been raised as well. Subject to time—
I want to discuss it with the line Minister. It is appropriate that it should be raised at the Whips' meeting. I am sure time will be made available, if possible.
It is an important report.
The Estimates will be important next week. The Hanly report and many other matters have been discussed. There are several important reports to be discussed in the House or in committees.
The number of people working in the health service has increased from 68,000 to 96,000 since the Labour Party was in Government.
The Deputy may protest but there are over 30,000—
—more people, including several social workers. This is what the issue was about.
Spending on health has increased from €3 billion when the Labour Party was in Government to €10 billion.
The Deputy might as well hear the facts.
I am not always aware of all the rumours circulating but I will check the matter for the Deputy.
It will probably be in before the Deputy's court case is concluded.
It will be next year. I cannot say if it will be before or after the election.
Waste Management (Amendment) Bill 2003: First Stage.
No. Question put and agreed to.
Written Answers. - Community Employment Schemes.
Was asked: and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the proposals she has to allow persons who have completed three years on the community employment scheme to return to the scheme; and if she will make...
Written Answers. - Company Closures.
Was asked: and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment her proposals to encourage reinvestment in Celbridge, County Kildare with the objective of replacing the job losses arising from the closure of a comp...
In light of the recent announcement by Schneider Electric of the closure of its plant by February 2004, it is a priority to ensure that everything possible is done to secure new investment and employm...