We received a request from the Business Committee regarding the Minister's request for a waiver of pre-legislative scrutiny, PLS, of the Residential Tenancies Bill on the grounds of urgency and time constraints. The Business Committee referred the matter to this committee and the question for consideration is whether a waiver of PLS should be granted.
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A request was made to waive PLS of the Residential Tenancies Bill 2021 due to the urgency of passing the Bill through the Houses of the Oireachtas in a timely manner. We were requested to waive PLS as it was felt that the time it would take would mean there would not be time for the Bill to pass through the Houses. I sought yesterday to try to get a consensus view from the committee that it would waive PLS on the basis of urgency. We could not get consensus on that. A vote was requested, so we have brought the committee together today to vote on it. I intend to put the question that the committee agrees to the request to waive PLS on the Residential Tenancies Bill 2021.