Petroleum and Other Minerals Development (Amendment) Bill 2016: First Stage

I move:

That leave be granted to introduce a Bill entitled an Act to amend the Petroleum and Other Minerals Development Act 1960 to ban unconventional gas exploration and extraction, provide for social clauses and public consultation on the granting of leases and ensure greater accountability through initiating an annual review of the lease by an Oireachtas Joint Committee.

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."

On a point of order, while we are discussing Private Members' Bills, may I raise the issue of Private Members' motions-----

That is because the Government lost.

This is not in order.

----- or, more specifically, the futility of voting on such motions, as was demonstrated last night, that succeed but are not worth the paper on which they are written?

That is absolutely not in order at this stage. Will the Deputy, please, resume his seat?

There is no point in voting on them.

Especially if the Government loses.

Will Deputy John Deasy, please, resume his seat?

When the House-----

(Interruptions).

That is one more for us.

I am quite happy to have a conversation with Deputy John Deasy about that matter.

A simple majority.

I am not talking about the substance of the-----

He is being irrelevant.

It should have some relevance to legislating in Parliament.

Will the Deputy, please, resume his seat?

Question put and agreed to.