This meeting has been convened for the purpose of the consideration by the committee of the Finance Bill, 2002. I welcome the Minister for Finance, Deputy McCreevy, his officials and officials of the Revenue Commissioners.
The select committee will consider Committee Stage of the Finance Bill, 2002, in accordance with the timetable agreed in the Dáil on Thursday, 21 February. If proceedings have not been concluded by the stated time, they shall be brought to a conclusion by one question which shall be put from the Chair and which shall, in relation to amendments, include only those set down or accepted by the Minister for Finance or a Minister of State nominated as substitute on his behalf. When a division is claimed, other than on a question put as provided for in paragraph 1 of the order of the Dáil of 21 February, the taking of such a division and the putting of any question contingent thereon shall be postponed until immediately before the time next appointed for the putting of a question in accordance with paragraph 1, or in the event of such a question not being put, when proceedings in committee on the matters which would have been decided by the putting of such a question have been otherwise completed.
I ask for the co-operation of members in dealing with the chapters and sections of the Bill as indicated. With the agreement of members the select committee will take a sos from 2.15 p.m. to 3.15 p.m. and shall conclude at 6 p.m. We shall start tomorrow, 27 February, at 10.30 a.m. immediately following the meeting to consider the Revised Estimate for Vote 44 - Flood Relief. The committee will take a sos between 1.15 p.m. and 2.30 p.m. and conclude at 5.30 p.m. The committee will start on Thursday, 28 February, at 10.30 a.m, take a sos between 1.15 p.m. and 2.30 p.m. and conclude at 5.30 p.m. Is that agreed? Agreed. We shall now proceed with consideration of the Bill.