With regard to the Order of Business, what has been arranged?

If the Dáil will consent, I suggest that the Dairy Produce Bill, 1924 (from the Seanad), be adjourned until to-morrow. There are 43 amendments, mainly Government amendments to which we have agreed. I will not find it necessary to make observations on any of the amendments except one. The Bill is very complicated, and Deputies will be entitled to some time in order to examine the Bill, along with the amendments. I will suggest an adjournment of that Bill until to-morrow.

I am not objecting at all, but I would like to point out to the Minister that these amendments were received this morning; we are to sit until 10.30 to-night; there are two or three Committees sitting to-morrow morning, and yet we are expected, before three o'clock to-morrow afternoon, to have assimilated and understood all those amendments.


I could also detail a time-table for the Deputy, which would be at least as onerous as the time-table he mentions himself now. Out of the 43 amendments there are at least 35 which are more or less drafting amendments. There are only a few amendments which need to be touched upon in detail. I think the Deputy will find it will not take more than ten minutes to deal with 35 of the amendments. I agree, of course, with what the Deputy has stated. The amendments I have referred to are merely drafting amendments, and there are only a few that will need reference.

We will take your word for it.

The Seanad amendments will then be considered to-morrow the Minister moving to agree with all the amendments.


All with the exception of one. There is one in which I will ask for a slight alteration. It is in regard to amendment No. 41. I am afraid I must ask for an alteration in that. It does not exactly express the purpose that the Seanad, or I, in accepting the amendment, though it would. The change which I will ask to make is a change which will, I think, be agreed to automatically by the Seanad. The point is this—Section 43 deals with the definition of creamery butter; the words are:—"Premises registered or required to be registered under the Sale of Food and Drugs Act, 1875 to 1907, or any." Creamery butter should not be taken into premises registered, or required to be registered, under the Sale of Food and Drugs Act. The effect of that would be that a non-manufacturing exporter, who would be also selling margarine wholesale, could not take creamery butter into his premises. That was not intended, and we will have to cover that point. "Non-manufacturing exporters" dealing with factory, creamery and any other sort of butter was always intended. But we did not realise that this particular Act covered the sale of margarine wholesale, and we will have to make an alteration in regard to that.