Business of Seanad.

I have received notice from the Senator Ivana Bacik that, on the motion for the Adjournment of the House today, she proposes to raise the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education and Science to inform the House, with regard to the application of the recent public sector pay cut to contract researchers in third level institutions, the reason the European Commission has indicated that it will refuse to make future payments to universities which are not paying Marie Curie fellows in full and to confirm if she plans to review the situation with regard to Marie Curie fellows, as the funding will otherwise be lost to the universities concerned.

I have also received notice from Senator James Carroll of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Finance to clarify the status of the repayment to cardealerships of their scrappage scheme payments since 1 January 2010.

I have also received notice from Senator Frances Fitzgerald of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government to provide an update on his role in protecting the Liffey Valley Park and also give his view on the need for a co-ordinated approach to protecting and enhancing the Liffey Valley Park lands, involving all of the relevant local authorities and agencies perhaps under the leadership of the Office of Public Works.

I have also received notice from Senator Fidelma Healy Eames of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health and Children, in the light of the current block on Russian adoptions, to give a timeline by which the block can be lifted in order that Irish adoptions can recommence with Russia.

I have also received notice from Senator Pearse Doherty of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Finance to bring forward proposals that will see an end to the application of vehicle registration tax in the State.

I have also received notice from Senator Maria Corrigan of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health and Children to report on the establishment of a national hotline number for missing children and the initiating by Ireland of the operation of the agreed common EU number for missing children and to indicate if this can be done on an all-Ireland basis.

I have also received notice from Senator Nicky McFadden of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to outline the reason the garden-nursery sector was not included in the recent frost damage scheme.

I regard the matters raised by the Senators as suitable for discussion on the Adjournment. I have selected the matters raised by Senators Bacik, Carroll and Fitzgerald and they will be taken at the conclusion of business. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.