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Seanad Éireann díospóireacht -
Tuesday, 13 May 1986

Vol. 112 No. 9

Order of Business.

It is proposed to take Items Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4. It is proposed to suspend the sitting from 5.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. and to take the Adjournment at 8 p.m. For the information of Senators, I confirm that the House will sit three days this week. The Finance Bill is virtually certain to pass through all stages in the Dáil today and it is proposed to commence Second Stage of the Finance Bill in this House at 12 noon tomorrow. This ought to give Senators a few hours to study the final version of the Bill since there may be amendments on Report Stage in the Dáil today. Accordingly, tomorrow we will start with the continuation of the business for today — the Transport Bill and the Courts Bill — and move at 12 noon to the Finance Bill. Then from 6.30 p.m. to 8 p.m. we will take Private Members' time to complete the Fianna Fáil motion. I understand the wish of the groups in the House is that we should then resume the Finance Bill from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in order to allow the greatest possible opportunity for discussion; then resuming at 10.30 a.m. on Thursday, to carry on with the Second Stage of the Finance Bill. If the Second Stage of the Finance Bill concludes on Thursday before 3 p.m. it is proposed to resume the debate on the Report of the Joint Committee on Development Cooperation in regard to Bilateral Aid.

As already announced, present indications are that it will be necessary for the House to meet on four days next week, meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday to allow for a two-day debate on the Committee and Report Stages of the Finance Bill, and on Thursday and Friday to allow for two 12 hour-sessions on the Second Stage of the Constitutional Amendment Bill. Assuming that those two days are fully occupied by that Second Stage, to meet on Monday the 26 May in the following week to take the Committee Stage of the Constitutional Amendment Bill. Since we are meeting on that Monday then the proper thing would be to meet Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of that week.

Since we have notice of two further Bills being ordered here today and from our reading these two Bills will be introduced in this House, would the Cathaoirleach be able to tell me whether these Bills will be taken in advance of the Air Pollution Bill? I would much prefer to see the Air Pollution Bill, 1986, come into this House before either of these other two Bills, because I think it is the most important Bill that is down for discussion among all the legislation that is to come before us. I sincerely hope that we can be accommodated in having that debate brought forward as soon as is possible after the Finance Bill and the Constitutional Amendment Bill.

The Leader of the House to conclude on the Order of Business.

I am happy to be able to confirm that on the tentative Order of Business which I have here in my file in manuscript, I have allocated Wednesday, 28 May, which is the first available day, for the Second Stage of the Air Pollution Bill. Senators will join me in welcoming the fact that we have had two further Bills introduced in the Seanad, as well as the Clinical Trials Bill recently introduced. This is in confirmation of a promise made some months ago to me by the Taoiseach and confirmed in public to the Seanad by the Taoiseach when he was here last week. This is a very welcome development. I would like to say that my hope would be that the Air Pollution Bill, the Clinical Trials Bill and the Status of Children Bill should all complete their Second Stages before the end of July. These are three very important Bills. They are Bills that might benefit from a thorough discussion on Second Stage in the course of June and July, then we could have a pause before a Committee Stage discussion when the House resumes, possibly in September.

I think it is well to mention this because it does appear with the amount of business which is now coming to us, some in the form of Seanad Bills, that during June and July there is a very distinct possibility of three-day sittings being required in order to achieve the objectives that I have mentioned.

Order of Business agreed to.