Food (Fair Trade and Information) Bill 2009: First Stage.

I move

That leave be granted to introduce a Bill entitled an Act to provide, in the interests of the common good, for the prohibition of activities which prevent, restrict or distort fair trade in grocery goods in the State, and to provide for information on the grocery trade in Ireland to be gathered and published, and to provide for related matters.

Is the Bill opposed?

Question put and agreed to.

Since this is a Private Members' Bill, Second Stage must, under Standing Orders, be taken in Private Members' time.

I move: "That the Bill be taken in Private Members' time."

Since I am on my feet I extend as a courtesy to the Tánaiste the option that her Department may borrow the Bill at any stage and introduce it to the House to tackle the predatory powers of the supermarkets and to deliver a fairer price to private producers.

Question put and agreed to.