Business of Committee

We have a quorum so we will proceed. Could members ensure their mobile phones are switched off? Apologies have been received from Deputies Colm Brophy and Mattie McGrath, for whom Deputy Declan Breathnach is substituting.

Members are reminded of the long-standing parliamentary practice to the effect that they should not comment on, criticise or make charges against a person outside the House or an official either by name or in such a way as to make him or her identifiable. We have a number of issues to discuss today but I wanted to make one change to the agenda if that is acceptable to members. I would like to bring forward No. 2, which is the election of Vice Chairman. Is that agreed? Agreed.