This meeting has been convened to consider Committee Stage of two Bills, the first of which is the Criminal Justice,Criminal Justice (Mutual Recognition of Probation Judgments and Decisions) Bill 2018. I remind members of the long-standing parliamentary practice to the effect that they should not comment on, criticise or make charges against a person outside the House or an official, either by name or in such a way as to make him or her identifiable. I also remind members and the officials present to switch off their mobile phones as they interfere with the sound recording and broadcasting equipment. We are joined by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Deputy Flanagan, and his officials. They are all welcome.
There are just three amendments to the Criminal Justice (Mutual Recognition of Probation Judgments and Decisions) Bill 2018, all in the name of the Minister. Before considering them which we are obliged to do and which will take little time, I invite the Minister to make whatever opening remarks he would like to make.