Business of Seanad.

Would the House consider taking No. 5 on the Order Paper in spite of the fact that it is just after 10 o'clock? This is to approve the order increasing the remuneration limit for insured persons from £1,200 to £1,600. The Minister is available if the House would consider taking it.

I think we really have no option the way it is put, but it is a pity that this should come up just at the tail end. I know it was ordered for today. Senator Reynolds had intended making a contribution to the discussion on this, but when it went beyond 10 o'clock he assumed it was not going to be reached. If it would be embarrassing not to take it now, then certainly we will agree to take it.

Are we not varying the Order of Business?

An Leas-Chathaoirleach

This was up for today. We are varying our customary time for adjournment.

With respect, Senator Alexis FitzGerald is quite correct. No. 4 was ordered next. The Leas-Chathaoirleach may recall that there was a suggestion that Motion No. 22 should be taken and that the Order of Business might be varied in that respect also. I am tempted to bargain even at this stage, but we will take No. 5.

An Leas-Chathaoirleach

If the House is unanimous it is quite possible to leapfrog over No. 4 and take No. 5.

For once the House is unanimous. It was not earlier today.