Development Banks Bill 2005: Committee and Remaining Stages.

Thursday, 15 December 2005

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 612 No. 70

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Section 1 agreed to.

Question proposed: “That section 2 stand part of the Bill.”

Mr. M. Higgins: Information on Michael D. Higgins  Zoom on Michael D. Higgins  I will not delay proceedings because I am happy with this Bill, by and large. However, on section 2, Articles 29.5.1° and 29.5.2° of the Constitution refer to the obligation to place orders before the Dáil. I am only saying this so it will be on the record. In respect of the placing of notices in Iris Oifigiúil or even the placing in the Oireachtas Library of agreements that might emerge, we might for the future consider including a requirement that extends the constitutional requirement such that there would be a possibility to discuss such documentation in the Houses. I am not pressing it on this occasion but simply making the point because I have seen the form of this Bill so often.

Question put and agreed to.

Sections 3 to 7, inclusive, agreed to.

Question proposed: “That section 8 stand part of the Bill.”

Mr. M. Higgins: Information on Michael D. Higgins  Zoom on Michael D. Higgins  In section 8(1) the Table refers to the “Articles of Agreement of the Council of Europe Development Bank, the text of which is set out in Schedule 1 to this Act”. The previous reference in this regard mentions such purposes as the development of open market policies and applying the principles of pluralism and democracy, of which we are all in favour. However, I would like the Minister of State to assure me this is not an imposition of a Single Market model to the exclusion of other development models that might apply.

Minister of State at the Department of Finance (Mr. Parlon): Information on Tom Parlon  Zoom on Tom Parlon  No, absolutely not.

Mr. M. Higgins: Information on Michael D. Higgins  Zoom on Michael D. Higgins  Is the Minister of State saying it is not an imposition?

Mr. Parlon: Information on Tom Parlon  Zoom on Tom Parlon  Yes.

Mr. M. Higgins: Information on Michael D. Higgins  Zoom on Michael D. Higgins  I thank the Minister of State.

Acting Chairman (Mr. Kirk): Information on Seamus Kirk  Zoom on Seamus Kirk  Does the Deputy agree to section 8?

[1155]Mr. M. Higgins: Information on Michael D. Higgins  Zoom on Michael D. Higgins  I cannot do anything about it.

Question put and agreed to.

Section 9 agreed to.

Schedule agreed to.

Title agreed to.

Bill reported without amendment, received for final consideration and passed.

Acting Chairman (Mr. Kirk): Information on Seamus Kirk  Zoom on Seamus Kirk  The Bill will be sent to the Seanad.


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