If I might interrupt the Minister for a moment, Deputy Cruise-O'Brien gave notice that he wished to raise the subject matter of Question No. 153 on the Adjournment. I should like to tell the Deputy that the application made some minutes ago to raise this question was too late to be entertained for today. The application must be not later than 4.30 p.m. in order to give Minister an opportunity of getting in touch with their Departments before they close, compiling a reply and so on.
Business of Dáil.
I thank the Ceann Comhairle for his statement. May I take it that I may renew my request tomorrow?
The Deputy may renew his request but I will then have to consider whether it would be in order on the Adjournment. That is another matter. The Deputy may renew his request on any sitting day of the Dáil.
May I renew it in writing to you?
Orally. The Deputy will stand in his place and give notice.
On a point of order may I ask the Ceann Comhairle since on an ordinary sitting day one can give since the House is sitting today until 10.30 p.m., why is it now not giving the Minister adequate time to reply? I have raised matters in this House at 3.30 p.m. and I have been able to discuss them on the Adjournment at 5 o'clock on a Thursday. Under the Rules of the House that has been regarded as adequate time. Now a matter was raised today at 6.15 p.m. and the House does not adjourn until 10.30 p.m.—— notice of intention to raise a matter on the Adjournment up to 3.30 p.m., and
These matters are covered by Standing Orders.
Which Standing Order?
If I may beg your indulgence——
We cannot discuss the matter now.
I want to discuss——
The Deputy may not discuss the matter now. We are at Question Time. I intervened to inform Deputy Cruise-O'Brien of the position regarding his question.
What section of No. 19?
Page 15, section 3. Question No. 167.
On a point of order——
There is no point of order. The Deputy is completely out of order in discussing this matter.
On what grounds?
It does not arise on Questions.
On what grounds?
The Deputy asks a question and then he proceeds to talk. On the grounds of common sense it cannot be discussed at this moment because we are proceeding with Questions.
This is a point of order.
I do not think it is a question of common sense. I have asked you under what Standing Order?
I have given the Deputy that information.
I have Standing Order No. 19 in front of me—I do not want to be obstreperous—and it contains four or five different sections. Under what section?
Section 3. Would the Deputy please resume his seat and allow questions to continue?
I may raise the matter again.
Not during Question Time.
The Deputy is long enough in this House to know there are rules of order.
In Dáil Uladh they do not have any rules of order.
Question No. 167.