Health (Amendment) Bill 2004: Order for Second Stage.

Bill entitled an act to provide that the members of the health boards established under the Health Act 1970, the Eastern Regional Health Authority, the Northern Area Health Board, the East Coast Area Health Board and the South Western Area Health Board shall cease to hold office upon the commencement of this Act; to provide that the functions of those bodies shall be performed by their chief executive officers and, in certain circumstances, by the Minister for Health and Children; to remove the distinction between reserved and executive functions; for those purposes to amend the Health Act 1970, the Health (Amendment) (No. 3) Act 1996, the Health (Eastern Regional Health Authority) Act 1999 and other enactments; and to provide for matters connected therewith.

I move: "That Second Stage be taken now."

Is that agreed?

Deputies

No.

We have clarified among the health spokespersons arrangements to postpone the Estimates until 3 p.m.

I understand the Minister has postponed the Estimates until later.

I have not postponed them but I have indicated that they should be postponed.

I accept that.

Question put and agreed to.