The amendments in my name on the Paper are Government amendments. I move:
Section 1. In line 30 to delete the word "is" and before the word "or" in line 31 to insert the words and figures "is sent by Dáil Eireann to Seanad Eireann for its recommendations under Article 38 of this Constitution."
Under the Bill as it stands, the resolution of either House or the vote of Seanad Eireann which would lead to the setting up of a Committee of Privileges to determine whether a Bill is or is not a Money Bill must take place before whichever of the following events will first occur: (1) the expiration of seven days from the day on which the Bill is certified by the Chairman of Dáil Eireann to be a Money Bill, or (2) the return of such Bill by Seanad Eireann to Dáil Eireann under Article 38 of the Constitution. It has been argued that a delay might occur between the certification of a Money Bill by the Chairman of the Dáil and its transmission to Seanad Eireann, and for that reason the seven days provided for in (1) might elapse in whole or in part before the Seanad would have an opportunity of exercising its powers under this provision. I might say here that Senator Connolly's amendment, which is sandwiched in between two amendments in my name, is practically in line with one of the amendments in my name, that in fact Senator Connolly's amendment aims at remedying this. Its effect would be to alter (1) to read as follows: "the expiration of seven days from the day on which a Bill certified by the Chairman of Dáil Eireann to be a Money Bill is received by Seanad Eireann. The seven days' period would then run, not from the date on which it is certified, but from the date of the receipt of the Bill by the Seanad.