Tuesday, 27 March 2007
Order of Business
Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin (Cavan-Monaghan, Sinn Fein)
Although I was not afforded the opportunity to make this point in respect of the Consumer Protection Bill, I consider the imposition of guillotines as a matter of course in respect of all legislation presented to the House to be absolutely unacceptable for the reasons indicated by the other Members. It only allows for bad law with poor engagement and inadequate opportunity. Ultimately, Members have seen indications in the recent past of the failure of the Government to take account of Opposition advice and amendments. In this case, Members will see an exact repetition with all the potential flaws that will present. This is not how one should do one's business and I oppose the guillotine.