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Written Answers — Official Travel: Official Travel (18 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: The table below details foreign trips made by official in programmes and bodies under the aegis of my Department from 1st January 2009 to date. Law Reform Commission Date Purpose of Journey Flight Hotel Cost Hotel Name Public Transport/ Taxis 2009 Jan 2 Officials attended End of Life Decision Making: Dilemmas and Directions, Legal Research in Birmingham €135.92 Nil Nil €123.21...

Written Answers — Cabinet Sub-Committees: Cabinet Sub-Committees (18 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: The names of the Cabinet Committees in operation in 2009 and the number of meetings held in 2009 are set out in the table below. No Cabinet Committee meetings have been held to date in 2011. Cabinet Committee Number of meetings in 2009 Economic Renewal and Jobs 12 Science Technology and Innovation(subsumed into Economic Renewal and Jobs in June 2010) 1 Health 8 Social Inclusion,...

Written Answers — Charities Regulation: Charities Regulation (18 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: The Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs is responsible for the regulation of charities in Ireland. Detailed questions in relation to the amount of funding provided to charities, from the State or from other sources, should be addressed to him.

Order of Business (18 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: The Order of Business is No. 16, Child Care (Amendment) Bill 2009 [Seanad] - Order for Report, Report and Final Stages; No. 17, Nurses and Midwives Bill 2010 - Order for Report, Report and Final Stages. It is proposed, notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders, that parliamentary questions next for answer by the Taoiseach on EU matters shall be taken on the same day as statements on the EU...

Order of Business (18 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: We have set out in the parliamentary schedule the fact that any proper consideration of the finance Bill, which is the most important Bill of the year, would require, as the Deputy has seen from the schedule, a week's debate on Second Stage, a week off for amendments to prepare for Committee Stage in the normal way, Report Stage and then on to the Seanad. An expeditious schedule has been...

Order of Business (18 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: We outlined before Christmas that we would have the finance Bill on 19 or 20 January and that is what we will have. We came back a week early-----

Order of Business (18 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: We normally come back in the third week of January.

Order of Business (18 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: We came back in the second week.

Order of Business (18 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: Not just to do the finance Bill. The Government has set out parliamentary priorities, which we are interested in having enacted before the dissolution of the Dáil, and they were all listed last week for the Opposition. We should get down to the business of doing rather than saying otherwise.

Order of Business (18 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: Before Christmas, we had complaints from the Opposition about the use of the guillotine quite rightly. We should have spent more time on that legislation. We are in a new term and we have set out the position. The finance Bill will be completed one month before the usual time. The Deputy has to acknowledge that it is important that it be done.

Order of Business (18 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: We outlined in the indicative schedule that the finance Bill would be completed by the first week of March. That is the indicative timetable, which gives an indication of what the timetable is. There is other legislation that will be taken in parallel, which is set out in the legislative programme we outlined. We have gone away from the A, B and C list and we have produced the list of...

Order of Business (18 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: Around it.

Order of Business (18 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: It was 6 April last year.

Order of Business (18 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: It is.

Order of Business (18 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: Yes, it is in the arrangements for both the Dáil and the Seanad, presuming there are no recommendations in the Seanad.

Order of Business (18 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: Yes, exactly. It is the Minister for Finance who sets out the schedule. The Deputy's finance spokesperson has the schedule. It is not complicated.

Order of Business (18 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: The idea is that they will be done in parallel. That is what I stated a few minutes ago.

Order of Business (18 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: I sought to give clarification. I said I could not anticipate further consideration of the Government or any of its decisions. I said the matter was brought to the attention of spokespersons. The Government reserves the right to bring forward a referendum if it considers that is the correct thing to do. I do not wish to anticipate the outcome of our deliberations but we have checked out...

Order of Business (18 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: On the first matter, the medical indemnity Bill, I understand that the Minister has indicated she is interested in introducing a Bill herself. I accept a Private Members' Bill on the matter was introduced by the Deputy. It is a matter to take up directly with the Minister herself. I do not expect the second Bill will be taken during this term.

Order of Business (18 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: I will come back to the Deputy on the matter.

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