Standing Order 147: Motion

I move:

That, in accordance with the recommendation of the sub-Committee on Dáil Reform under Standing Order 107(1)(a), the Standing Orders of Dáil Éireann relative to Public Business be amended in Standing Order 147 as follows:

(a) in paragraph (1), by the insertion of ‘, subject to paragraph (3A)’ after ‘Order Paper’;

(b) in paragraph (2), by the insertion of ‘,subject to paragraph (3A)’ after ‘leave to introduce a Bill’;

(c) in paragraph (3), by the insertion of ‘, subject to paragraph (3A)’ after ‘shall be made’; and

(d) by the insertion of the following paragraph after paragraph (3):

‘(3A) Where a Bill has already been printed, or the Dáil has given leave to introduce it, a private member may not present, or move for leave to introduce, a Bill, the content of which, in the opinion of the Ceann Comhairle, is identical or substantially similar to the first-mentioned Bill. Where the Ceann Comhairle is examining Bills for compliance with Standing Orders, and finds that two or more Bills are identical or substantially similar, the member sponsoring the Bill first received by the Ceann Comhairle shall be the member permitted to present or move for leave to introduce it.’

Question put and agreed to.