Business of Seanad

I have received notice from Senator Jerry Buttimer that, on the motion for the Adjournment of the House today, he proposes to raise the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Justice and Law Reform to make a statement on the plans the Government has to amend the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 1993 in the light of the recent decision that it does not provide for oral rape.

I have also received notice from Senator Mark Dearey of the following matter:

The need for the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills to comment on the practice engaged in by some service providers of discontinuing special needs education provision for Down's syndrome children who are assessed as being in the mild category; and if she considers this to be consistent with the provisions of section 7 of the Education Act 1998 as they apply to children with a baseline disability.

I regard the matters raised by the Senators as suitable for discussion on the Adjournment and they will be taken at the conclusion of business.