Climate Change Bill 2010: First Stage

I move:

That leave be granted to introduce a Bill entitled an Act to set a target for the year 2050 for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions; to establish the Department of the Taoiseach as the co-ordinating Department under the Act; to confer powers on the Taoiseach to make regulations; to provide for carbon budgets; to establish an Office of Climate Change and Renewable Energy and a Climate Change Commission; to amend the Carbon Fund Act 2007; to put in place a framework and enabling provisions to meet European Union and international commitments on climate change; and to provide for related matters.

This Bill has been prepared by Deputy Liz McManus. It is extraordinary that a Private Member can prepare a comprehensive Bill on climate change and the Greens who have been in government for three years cannot do so.

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."

Question put and agreed to.