The first business on the Agenda is the Report of the Committee on Standing Orders. You probably have seen that Report already, and I just want to say to the members that, as they all got it at very short notice, they probably will be anxious to look into it and consider these Orders for themselves. They are not yet complete, because it will be necessary to make certain Orders, arranging as far as it is practicable for inter-communication between the two Houses, with regard to the attendance of Ministers and matters of that sort. I would suggest to members that as these Standing Orders are not now pressing, because it is probable after to-day we shall not require to meet again until the 2nd or 3rd of January, the consideration of these Orders be held over until we meet again, and in the meantime the Committee should remain in office with the purpose of bringing forward on that day any additional Orders they may think necessary, because, as I have said, undoubtedly additional Orders will have to be framed, and I think it would be more businesslike to make a single job of it. Therefore I suggest that the consideration of the Report stand over until next meeting.
STANDING ORDERS REPORT.
I beg to move:—"That the consideration of the Report of the Committee on Standing Orders be adjourned until the next meeting of the Seanad." It is obvious that this is a matter that will require some little consideration. The matter is somewhat complicated, and for that reason as much as for the necessity there may be of drafting additional Orders, I think we ought to postpone it.
I would like to second that.
I now put the motion:—"That the consideration of the Report of the Committee on Standing Orders be adjourned until after the Christmas Recess." I have put it in that form because I have just received a communication from the President of the Dáil stating that it is possible he may ask us to meet on Wednesday, and I think it is better that this question should stand over until after the Christmas Recess.