Broadcasting of Seanad Proceedings: Statement.

I wish to inform the House that under the arrangements for radio broadcasting of the proceedings of the Seanad by RTE, approved by the House on 12 June last, RTE are to begin edited broadcasting on Wednesday next, 8 October. Senators will recall that these arrangements provide for edited broadcasts for use in radio and, television news bulletins and current affairs programmes and in a "Today in the Seanad/Oireachtas" type of programme. Occasionally live broadcasting of major debates in the Seanad may also take place with the prior approval of the Committee on Procedure and Privileges in each case.