The ACTING-PRESIDENT stated that he would defer any remarks which he had to make until the reading of the various reports had been completed. He suggested that the business on the Agenda should be taken in the following order:—First that the Reports of the various Departments be read, that the motions standing in his name be then taken up and that these should be followed by the debates on the Reports. It was essential to complete the business in one day, and this order would enable the Dáil to see more clearly how much time could be allotted to debating each Report.
Arrangements had been made to have the members supplied with lunch—half the members at 1.30 p.m. and the remaining half at 2.15 p.m. He moved accordingly that there would be an adjournment at 1.30 p.m. for lunch, and that business would be resumed at 3 p.m. At 6.30, if it were considered desirable to have a further sitting, there could be an adjournment for tea, and a resumption of work some time later. He was of opinion, however, that the proceedings should end at 10 o'clock, and that the Ceann Comhairle should be empowered to terminate the proceedings at that hour.
The House agreed to these suggestions.