Thursday, 19 April 2012
Business of Seanad
I have received notice from Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill that, on the motion for the Adjournment of the House today, he proposes to raise the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to refrain from taking account of the value of agricultural lands as capital assets in new means testing arrangements for third level maintenance grants.
I have also received notice from Senator Averil Power of the following matter:
The need for the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade to clarify if the Government raised the ongoing grave and widespread human rights violations by the Chinese regime with Vice President Xi Jinping during his recent visit, if it raised these issues during the Irish State visit to China, if it has raised these issues in its general bilateral relations with China and if it has raised them at the EU level, given the well-documented use of arbitrary imprisonment without charge or trial in China, the repression of minorities and the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners.
I have also received notice from Senator Jillian van Turnhout of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Justice and Equality, in light of the launch of the steering group report on a national substance misuse strategy and the recommendation therein to commence section 9 of the Intoxicating Liquor Act 2008, relevant to the sale and display of alcohol in the off-trade sector, to clarify the manner in which section 9 is to be implemented given the two very different options available.
I have also received notice from Senator Martin Conway of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Justice and Equality to reintroduce the grants scheme to promote equality at the level of enterprise, a programme that upskilled small and medium-sized businesses on their responsibilities under equality legislation, which was run by the Equality Authority and funded by the EU Social Fund
I regard the matters raised by the Senators as suitable for discussion on the Adjournment and they will be taken at the conclusion of business.