Dáil debates

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Food (Fair Trade and Information) Bill 2009: First Stage

 

11:00 am

Photo of Michael CreedMichael Creed (Cork North West, Fine Gael)
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I move

That leave be granted to introduce a Bill entitled an Act to provide, in the interests of the common good, for the prohibition of activities which prevent, restrict or distort fair trade in grocery goods in the State, and to provide for information on the grocery trade in Ireland to be gathered and published, and to provide for related matters.

Photo of Séamus KirkSéamus Kirk (Ceann Comhairle; Louth, Ceann Comhairle)
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Is the Bill opposed?

Photo of Pat CareyPat Carey (Minister of State (Government Chief Whip), Department of An Taoiseach; Minister of State, Department of Defence; Dublin North West, Fianna Fail)
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No.

Question put and agreed to.

Photo of Séamus KirkSéamus Kirk (Ceann Comhairle; Louth, Ceann Comhairle)
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Since this is a Private Members' Bill, Second Stage must, under Standing Orders, be taken in Private Members' time.

Photo of Michael CreedMichael Creed (Cork North West, Fine Gael)
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I move "That the Bill be taken in Private Members' time."

Since I am on my feet I extend as a courtesy to the Tánaiste the option that her Department may borrow the Bill at any stage and introduce it to the House to tackle the predatory powers of the supermarkets and to deliver a fairer price to private producers.

Question put and agreed to.