Civil Law (Missing Persons) Bill 2013: First Stage

I move:

That leave be granted to introduce a Bill entitled an Act to provide for the effects in civil law of persons who are missing, including arrangements for interim management of the missing person’s property, and to provide for the civil status of the missing person where the circumstances of their absence leads to a presumption of death; and to provide for related matters.

I am seeking permission to have this Bill sent forward for publication. The Law Reform Commission recently produced an extensive report on the need for legislation to deal with this important issue. I think we should make progress and move forward in this regard so that the affairs of missing persons can be dealt with.

There is no need for a debate on it.

Question put and agreed to.

When is it proposed to take Second Stage?

Is that agreed? Agreed.