Local Government Services (Corporate Bodies) (Confirmation of Orders) Bill 2008: Committee and Remaining Stages.

Sections 1 to 6, inclusive, agreed to.
Schedule agreed to.
Title agreed to.
Bill reported without amendment.
Question proposed: "That the Bill do now pass."

I thank you, a Leas-Chathaoirligh, and other Members for facilitating the passage of this short but nonetheless very important Bill. Certain issues were raised on Second Stage and I have issued letters of clarification in respect of some of those. While others remain outstanding, I will ensure that letters are issued to Members concerning those.

The Bill has the consequence of ensuring that any future changes in the establishment orders of any of the bodies must be made by primary legislation rather than by ministerial order or statutory regulation.

I am grateful to Senators for having facilitated me this evening.

I thank the Minister of State for attending the House, as well as Opposition Members for their co-operation. I also wish to thank the Minister of State's excellent officials who always attend the House on such occasions.

I welcome the Minister of State to the House. The Bill is largely a technical measure to cover the relevant bodies. On the last occasion, I forgot to mention the good work undertaken by the Irish Water Safety Association around the country. I want to acknowledge that work today. I appreciate that the Minister of State reverted to me on some queries as to whether the Limerick regeneration projects had CPO or planning powers. He has now confirmed they do not. I also sought clarification on service indicators in local authorities, for which I thank the Minister of State. I look forward to debating the wider issue of local government in general when the Green Paper is published.

I welcome the Minister of State to the House. I do not have many comments to make as this Bill is technical in nature. On Second Stage I made a few observations and requested information of the Minister of State, Deputy Sargent. Perhaps he could respond to those requests. He said he would do so but I presume he has not yet got around to doing it.

I will make sure the Senator receives the information.

I thank the Minister of State.

Question put and agreed to.