Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform: Select Sub-Committee on Public Expenditure and Reform

Houses of the Oireachtas (Inquiries, Privileges and Procedures) Bill 2013: Committee Stage

5:45 pm

Photo of Ciarán LynchCiarán Lynch (Cork South Central, Labour) | Oireachtas source

Perhaps I can add my tuppence worth with an observation that could be clarified. Doing the sums, the ratio in the House is approximately 69:31. There was a discussion earlier about trying to create a special committee. I am not too sure of the observation that a chair from the Opposition would be more impartial and the issue is subjective. Nevertheless, there is an issue of proportionality. Could it be a consideration as we move to Report Stage, given that we have a certain ratio, that in a given circumstance the ratio cannot be less than 60:40 if the proportionality of Government and Opposition is more skewed?


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