Business of Special Committee

We have been notified that Deputies Boyd Barrett, Barry, Costello, Durkan, Pádraig O'Sullivan, McAuliffe and Devlin will substitute for their party colleagues today. Are the minutes of the meetings of 7, 10, 14 and 17 July agreed? Agreed. We have received six items of correspondence. Is it agreed that the committee notes these? Agreed.

The committee's report, "Stimulating Enterprise and the Economy", was published last Friday. I thank members and the secretariat for their considerable efforts in getting it published. A report on Covid-19 in nursing homes will be circulated to members tomorrow and we will consider it in a Teams meeting on Thursday. An early draft of the report is currently with the working group. We will have two further reports to consider next week. One is on testing and tracing and the other is an interim progress report.

I will chair the first session today. I see we are all wearing our masks. The guidance is that they be worn while in the Chamber except when making contributions. That is fair enough. I am also seated behind a screen.