Doyle, Andrew

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Select Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine Debate

Animal Health and Welfare Bill 2012: Committee Stage (Continued)

The meeting is now in session as we have a quorum. I ask Members to switch off their mobile telephones.More Button

The purpose of today's meeting is to consider the Animal Health and Welfare Bill 2012. I thank the Minister and his officials for attending. As I understand it, the Minister has another engagem...More Button

Amendments Nos. 1, 4, 40 to 45 inclusive, 69, 70, 72, 74 and 75 are related and will be taken together. Amendments Nos. 41 to 43, inclusive, are alternatives to No. 40. Amendments Nos. 45 and 46 ...More Button

I thank the Minister. The amendments are listed in the names of Deputies Pringle, Ó Cuív and McNamara and I will call the Deputies in that order.More Button

No, I would prefer the Minister to respond when all three Deputies have spoken.More Button

Is that not what Deputy Michael McNamara is doing? He is explaining the reason he brought forward-----More Button

No. Procedurally, that may have been my mistake.More Button

That is fine. If the error was mine, I regret it. The point is that the Minister can respond.More Button

Does Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív want to clarify a matter?More Button

It was the Chairman who called the MinisterMore Button

The Deputy should speak through the Chair.More Button

If there was an error in following procedure, it was on my part.More Button

The Minister was trying to make a point in good faith.More Button

We are all interested in trying to get the Animal Health and Welfare Bill agreed by consensus as far as possible. He made what would be regarded in other meetings of the House as an opening statem...More Button

Absolutely.More Button

The debate is going around in circles.More Button

A member must be present in order to table his or her amendment.More Button

That is okay. I ask the Minister to clarify one matter on amendments Nos. 70 and 72. Is there a distinction between a final action and one that is a preliminary initiation of some action? Can so...More Button

I think we have dealt with all of the amendments discussed with amendment No. 1.More Button

As Deputy Michael McNamara is not in attendance, amendment No. 2 cannot be moved. It had been intended to discuss it with amendment No. 6, in the name of the Minister, but that is not now possible.More Button

We will discuss that amendment when we reach it.More Button

As amendments Nos. 3, 13, 25, 26, 57, 67, 73, 92, 98, 101 and 102 are related, they may be discussed together.More Button

We are on amendment No. 3.More Button

We will do so when we reach the amendment.More Button

We are discussing amendment No. 3More Button

When we get to them, I will read the explanatory note. I do not imagine that we will reach them today. Does the Deputy have anything further to say on amendment No. 3?More Button

I remind the Deputies that amendments are grouped by the Bills Office. All of the amendments, including amendment No. 26 in the name of Deputy Thomas Pringle, can be discussed together.More Button

They are not. They are all related. The Deputies can discuss amendment No. 26 during the committee's consideration of amendment No. 3.More Button

If the Deputies want to make some general points about the knock-on effects of amendment No. 26, as outlined by Deputy Clare Daly, the Minister can respond to their arguments when he speaks about t...More Button

Do they want the Minister to respond at this stage to their point that amendment No. 3 and other amendments hinge on amendment No. 26?More Button

I was criticised earlier for asking the Minister to speak first.More Button

I am under pressure to allow the Minister to speak. I will take it that the official contribution by the-----More Button

No. The reason they are grouped is the exact point the Deputy has made. They are collectively related. One can speak about one or all of them. Deputy Éamn Ó Cuív spoke separately about all the ...More Button

The Deputies are dealing with it and getting a clear response. I do not think the discussion on amendment No. 3 and all related amendments will conclude by 11.15 a.m. We will have to postpone our...More Button

On 22 November.More Button

It is now 11.20 a.m. I presume we will agree to suspend the discussion on amendment No. 3 for today. Is that agreed? Agreed. I thank the Minister and his officials for attending.More Button

Progress reported; Committee to sit again. More Button

Business of Select Committee

Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, 22 November at 11.30 a.m. Members will be notified in the usual way. I remind members of this committee that a briefing by Mr. Tom Malone on the budget...More Button

No. The next one is limited, but we will have a longer session on 27 November.More Button

It will take approximately an hour and a half. Room space and the availability of the Minister are the issues. However, we have an extended period available on 27 November.More Button