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Wednesday, 22 Jan 2003

Vol. 1 No. 4

Message to Dáil.

In accordance with Standing Order 85, the following message will be sent to the Dáil:

The Select Committee on Finance and the Public Service has completed its consideration of the Interpretation Bill 2000 and has made amendments thereto.

I thank the Minister of State and her officials for attending today's session.

As Deputies said, this is a technical Bill. However, it aims to provide clarity to practitioners and to be an aid in the interpretation of legislation. I have been heavily dependent on the legal advisers who understand such technicalities. I thank them for that.

Deputy Burton referred on a number of occasions to the fact that the legislation will cause many problems for people in the future. Given that it is designed to help people to interpret the work we do, I suggest that the Deputy should take the opportunity to raise with me, prior to Report Stage, any specific issues or questions which people have brought to her attention so we can get the answers and provide the type of legislation which will be of benefit to people.

Despite what the Minister of State said about extensive consultation, the passage of the Bill today has not really been noted. It has been some time since many practitioners have seen it, but I expect comments will be made about it which I will refer to the Minister of State. The Bill gives additional powers of interpretation.

As agreed earlier, we will now suspend the sitting and resume at 4.20 p.m. to consider the Unclaimed Life Assurance Policies Bill, 2002.

Sitting suspended at 3.40 p.m. and resumed at 4.25 p.m.
The Select Committee met at 4.25 p.m.
Members Present:

Deputy R. Bruton,

Deputy P. McGrath,

Deputy J. Burton,

Deputy J. McGuinness,

Deputy M. Finneran,

Deputy M. J. Nolan,

Deputy C. Lenihan,

Deputy N. O’Keeffe.

Deputy C. McCreevey (Minister for Finance),