Dáil Éireann - Volume 468 - 03 July, 1996

Social Welfare (Means Testing) Bill, 1996: First Stage.

Mr. J. Walsh: I move:

That leave be granted to introduce a Bill entitled an Act to implement the recommendations of the Comptroller and Auditor General in relation to means testing and to provide for the reporting of illicit assets.

An Ceann Comhairle: Is the Bill opposed?

Minister for Social Welfare (Proinsias De Rossa): No.

Question put and agreed to.

An Ceann Comhairle: Since the Bill is not opposed, Second Stage may be taken in Private Members' time.

Mr. J. Walsh: I move: “That the Bill be taken in Private Members' time.”

Question put and agreed to.

Mr. J. Walsh: Will it be possible to take this Bill on 25 July when the Dáil meets?

[16] An Ceann Comhairle: We shall leave that matter to be discussed between the Deputy and the Whips.

Proinsias De Rossa: It is a matter for the Deputy's party as to when it moves it in Private Members' time.

Mr. J. Walsh: In view of the urgency of this matter, would it be possible to have the Bill debated in Government time?

Proinsias De Rossa: If it is so urgent, the Deputy might have moved it sooner.

Mr. Cowen: The attitude of the Minister for Social Welfare seems to be that it is better to do nothing. Is this called initiative?