Pre-legislative Scrutiny Waiver Request: Motion

I move:

That, notwithstanding anything in the Standing Orders relative to Public Business, until further notice in the 26th Seanad, a member of the Government or a Minister of State may request a waiver in relation to the pre-legislative consideration of Government Bills and the following procedure shall apply:

(a) where a member of the Government or a Minister of State wishes to initiate a Bill pursuant to Standing Order 144 or 145 without pre-legislative consideration, he or she shall request a waiver in that regard from the Committee empowered under Standing Order 71 to consider any matter relating to legislation of a Government Department (in this Resolution, referred to as the ‘relevant Committee’);

(b) where a relevant Committee declines a waiver request made under paragraph (a), the member of the Government or Minister of State may request the Committee on Parliamentary Privileges and Oversight to make a determination on the matter; and

(c) where, following consideration pursuant to paragraph (b), the Committee on Parliamentary Privileges and Oversight determines that pre-legislative consideration should not be waived, the Leader of the House may table a motion on notice in the following terms:

'That initiation of the [insert short title of Bill] may proceed pursuant to Standing Order [144 or 145] notwithstanding that pre-legislative consideration of the Bill pursuant to Standing Order 143 has not been waived.'.

Question put and agreed to.
Sitting suspended at 5.15 p.m. and resumed at 5.30 p.m.