I beg to move:

"Go gceaptár Coiste ar a mbeidh trí Teachtaí, a ainmneoidh Coiste Roghnathóireachta an tSiosóin, chun féachaint i ndiaidh na n-aiseanna laistigh is cóir a bheith ag Baill an Oireachtais agus chun Seomra an Bhídh do stiúrú, agus go n-iarrtar ar an Seanad a chó-oiread ball den tSeanad do cheapa chun gníomhú ar an gCoiste sin; gur leor mar quorum."

"That a Committee consisting of three Deputies to be nominated by the Sessional, Committee of Selection, be appointed to supervise the internal accommodation arrangements for the members of the Oireachtas and to control the Restaurant, and that the Seanad be requested to appoint an equal number of members of the Seanad to act on the said Committee.

In the selection of this Committee, I am sure that the Sessional Committee of Selection will take into consideration the age and the peculiarities of the tastes of the particular Deputies who will be appointed, as well as the different parties from which they are drawn. I think it is the desire of all members of the Dáil that we should make the new Deputies comfortable. The old Deputies did not seem to suffer any disadvantages from the arrangements made in the old Dáil, but with new Deputies coming along it is quite possible that it might be necessary to make other arrangements.

Might I ask the President why it is necessary that this Committee should only consist of three Deputies, because if there are only three Deputies it cannot possibly represent every section of the Dáil. There is the Government Party, the Labour Party, the Farmers' Party and the Independents, and I think the President will agree that this is a Committee on which it is very necessary that every section of the Dáil should have a representative. I ask him, therefore, if he would not allow the Committee to consist of five Deputies instead of three. Even with the Seanad representatives that will not make it unwiedly in size, and will allow for two Government representatives, and one from each of the other sections of the Dáil.

I have no objection.

Is leave given to have the motion amended so that the Committee may consist of five Deputies?


Motion, as amended, put and agreed to.