REPORT OF STANDING ORDERS COMMITTEE. - STANDING ORDER 15.

"If leave be given to suspend consideration of the Agenda for the discussion of an urgent matter of national importance, such matter shall stand over until 7 o'clock p.m. on the same day, when it shall come before the Dáil on a motion for the adjournment of the Dáil till the next day on which it would ordinarily have met."

I move to leave out the words "on a motion for the adjournment," and to insert instead thereof the words "immediately before a motion for the adjournment." I do not stress this, but there is a difference, I think, which it would be well for the Dáil to decide. If it arises on a motion for the adjournment, there could be no vote taken. An urgent matter may arise on which it is desirable that a vote should be taken, and in the short period of the life of this present Dáil such a case has arisen. If the matter be taken immediately and before the motion for adjournment, a vote could be taken on it; but if moved on a motion for the adjournment, no vote could be taken upon it; and I think it is necessary to decide whether, on such urgent matters of public importance, it is desirable or not that a vote should be taken.

The amendment was not seconded.

There being no seconder, the amendment falls through.