The Order of Business today shall be as follows: No. 18, motion re proposed approval by Dáil Éireann of an EU Council Framework Decision on the Protection of the Environment through Criminal Law, back from committee; No. 18a, motion re Appointment of Members to Standing Joint Committee on Consolidation Bills; No. 18b, Ministerial Rota for Parliamentary Questions; No. 26, Planning and Development (Amendment) Bill, 2002 [Seanad] – Committee and Remaining Stages; and No. a1, Domestic Violence (Amendment) Bill, 2002 [Seanad] – Second and Subsequent Stages.
It is proposed, notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders or the order of the Dáil of 17 December 2002, that business shall be interrupted not later than 6.15 p.m. and the Dáil shall adjourn forthwith, and the sitting shall not be suspended today at 1.30 p.m.; Nos. 18, 18a and 18b shall be taken before Private Members' Business and shall be decided without debate; the proceedings on No. 26 shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion at 3 p.m. by one question which shall be put to the Chair and which shall, in relation to amendments, include only those set down and accepted by the Minister for the Environment and Local Government; the following arrangements shall apply in relation to No. a1, the proceedings on Second Stage shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion after 90 minutes, the speech of the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform and of the main spokesperson for the Fine Gael Party, the Labour Party and the technical group, who shall be called upon in that order, shall not exceed 15 minutes in each case, the speech of each other Member shall not exceed ten minutes in each case, Members may share time, and the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform shall be called upon to make a speech in reply which shall not exceed five minutes, and the Committee, Report and Final Stages shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion at 5 p.m. by one question which shall be put from the Chair and which shall, in relation to amendments, include only those set down or acceptable to the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform; Oral questions to the Minister for Education and Science shall be taken from 5 p.m. until 6.15 p.m. and in the event of a Private Notice Question being allowed, it shall be taken at 5.45 p.m., and the order shall not resume thereafter; the Dáil on its rising today shall adjourn until 2.30 p.m. on Wednesday, 29 January 2003; and Private Members' Business shall be No. 36 – motion re regulations governing the first-time buyer's grant and rent supplements, resumed, to be taken after the Order of Business and to conclude after 90 minutes.