SPECIAL COMMITTEES.

I beg to move:

"Go n-iarrtar ar an gCoiste Roghnathóireachta nuair a bheid ag ainmniú ball chun fónamh ar Choistí Speisialta cuimhneamh ar chó-dhéanamh na Dála agus ar cháilíochta na mball a toghfar amach; agus go mbeidh comhacht acu chun baill de Choistí do scur mara dtagaid chun na gcruinniú agus chun baill eile do cheapa in ionad na mball a scuirfar."

"That it be an instruction to the Committee of Selection that, in nominating members to serve on Special Committees, they have regard to the composition of the Dáil and to the qualifications of members selected; and that they have power to discharge members of Committees in case of non-attendance, and to appoint others in substitution for those discharged."

I do not know whether the new Deputies have read the Standing Orders, but Standing Orders 63 and 64 will be complied with if this resolution be passed. I think there is general agreement in regard to the spirit of the resolution, that it is non-contentious and that it is purely a matter of facilitating the work without having to come to the Dáil regularly to get members appointed. The main question that ought to be considered in the selection of Committees is met here; and that is that the Committees of Selection, in appointing members, should have regard to the composition of the Dáil and the qualification of members for the particular work involved in any terms of reference that would be made.

I beg to second the motion.

If I rightly understand the last sentence of this motion, it is that the Sessional Committee of Selection, without reference to the Dáil, will have power to discharge members from any committee nominated by that Committee of Selection, but appointed by the Dáil. That seems to be the intention from the wording of this motion. I would like to have it made clear if that is the intention. If it be the intention, I suggest it is a rather dangerous principle to adopt, seeing that the Committee of Selection in the first instance is nominated by this Dáil and it might very easily suggest to the Dáil the discharge of members of a Special Committee for non-attendance, but this Dáil should assume the responsibility for that discharge.

The terms of the motion imply that. In the case of non-attendance the Committee of Selection will have the power to discharge members and appoint others in substitution for those discharged. It has been found to work out well in another place, I think.

Motion agreed to.