Tuesday, 12 November 2013
Dáil Éireann Debate
Deputy Robert Dowds: In light of yesterday's Lissadell judgment, will the Government consider-----
An Ceann Comhairle: We have dealt with that.
Deputy Robert Dowds: This relates to legislation.
An Ceann Comhairle: Yes, but it is not promised legislation.
An Ceann Comhairle: This is a Private Members' Bill.
The Tánaiste: It is. Deputy Dowds has taken a very strong interest in this issue for quite some time and well before the judgement in the Lissadell case, on which I commend him. The Government is considering the issue and is considering the Deputy's Bill. I understand it is being dealt with by the committee.
The Tánaiste: The heads of the regulation of vehicle immobilisation Bill, to regulate vehicle clamping and tow away have been approved by the Government and it is expected to be published in the middle of next year.
Deputy Eamonn Maloney: What is the status of the Spent Convictions Bill?
The Tánaiste: I understand the Bill is awaiting Report Stage.
Deputy Dara Calleary: Does the Government plan to introduce an amendment to the Social Welfare and Pensions Bill to give legislative underpinning to the European youth guarantee?
The Tánaiste: No legislation is required to deal with the European youth guarantee and it can be dealt with under existing legislation. If legislation arises, it will be prepared and put before the House.
An Ceann Comhairle: When is the EirGrid Bill?
The Tánaiste: The EirGrid Bill is due next year.
Deputy Peter Mathews: Will the Government consider creating a framework of appraisal or review of the financial sector within the Central Bank (consolidation) Bill to evaluate and assess on a quarterly basis the percentage in value and the percentage in various maturity dates-----
An Ceann Comhairle: Sorry, Deputy-----
Deputy Peter Mathews: There is a danger here that the credit union-----
Deputy Peter Mathews: There must be a purpose to a Bill.
An Ceann Comhairle: Yes.
Deputy Peter Mathews: The purpose of the Bill is to consolidate the financial sector-----
An Ceann Comhairle: Correct.
An Ceann Comhairle: We cannot discuss the content of a Bill at this point.
Deputy Peter Mathews: I am talking about just a broad overview framework.
An Ceann Comhairle: That is fine, but the Deputy cannot do it on the Order of Business. That is what I am trying to explain to the Deputy. We do not do that on the Order of Business. We have the Topical Issue debate, parliamentary questions and committee work.
Deputy Peter Mathews: My question is-----
An Ceann Comhairle: What is the question?
Deputy Peter Mathews: -----whether it will address all these concerns.
An Ceann Comhairle: That is not a matter for the Tánaiste at this stage. When is the Bill due?
Deputy Peter Mathews: My question-----
An Ceann Comhairle: When is it due?
An Ceann Comhairle: The Deputy has ample time to raise the matter in the Topical Issue debate or parliamentary questions in order that it can be considered before the Bill is published. Alternatively, he can raise it at the committee, but not on the Order of Business.
An Ceann Comhairle: The monuments Bill.
Deputy James Bannon: Many people were quite annoyed.
An Ceann Comhairle: I am sure.
An Ceann Comhairle: We will talk about that when the Bill comes in.
The Tánaiste: The monuments Bill, which is to consolidate, update and improve the legislative code governing the protection and regulation of the national archaeological heritage, is due for publication late next year.
Deputy Bernard J. Durkan: When is the National Treasury Management Agency (amendment) Bill likely to be before the House?
Deputy Denis Naughten: There is precedence for a Minister to engage with a receiver. As we know, TLT in Mullingar has many outstanding debts to farmers and marts. When will we see the credit guarantee (amendment) Bill? I understand enough money is due to the company to meet those liabilities.
The Tánaiste: I do not have a date for the publication of that Bill.
Deputy Denis Naughten: Can the Tánaiste have a word with the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine?
The Tánaiste: I will try to get a reply for the Deputy.
An Ceann Comhairle: Perhaps the Deputy could table a parliamentary question.
Deputy Denis Naughten: The TLT issue is a huge issue coming up to Christmas for many people who are owed money.
An Ceann Comhairle: A division was challenged last Friday, 8 November 2013, on the question that the Health (Fluoridation of Water Supplies)(Repeal) Bill 2013 be read a Second Time. In accordance with Standing Order 117A(4), that division must be taken now.
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