Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Paul Kehoe):
(1) That a Select Committee consisting of fifteen members of Dáil Éireann be appointed to be joined with a Select Committee to be appointed by Seanad Éireann to form the Joint Committee on Investigations, Oversight and Petitions, to consider—
(a) the design of a petitions system for the Houses of the Oireachtas,
(b) the role and remit of the Joint Committee having regard to the Programme for Government, and
(c) any other related matters,
and to report back to both Houses of the Oireachtas with recommendations, including revised Orders of Reference for the Joint Committee, by 30th September, 2011.
(2) The Joint Committee shall have the powers defined in Standing Order 83, other than paragraph (2A), (4A), (4B) and (6A) thereof.
(3) The Chairman of the Joint Committee shall be a member of Dáil Éireann.
Question put and agreed to.