Seanad Éireann - Volume 157 - 19 November, 1998

Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road Bill, 1998: Committee and Remaining Stages.

Sections 1 to 5, inclusive, agreed to.

SECTION 6.

Government amendment No. 1:

In page 7, subsection (7), line 48, after “section 7”, to insert “for a warrant”.

Minister of State at the Department of Public Enterprise (Mr. Jacob): The amendment is technical and was suggested by the parliamentary draftsman. Its purpose is to clarify the position if, as anticipated by section 6(7), an inspector is prevented from entering a premises. The inspector may make an application for a warrant under subsection (7).

Amendment agreed to.

Section 6, as amended, agreed to.

Sections 7 to 21, inclusive, agreed to.

Title agreed to.

Bill reported with amendment and received for final consideration.

Question proposed: “That the Bill do now pass”.

Mr. L. Fitzgerald: I thank the Minister of State for attending this debate, for his co-operation and his willingness at all times to participate in debates here. I also thank Senator O'Dowd for his participation in the debate and his positive approach to the Bill.

Minister of State at the Department of Public Enterprise (Mr. Jacob): This is perhaps the speediest passage of a Bill through the House I can recall for a long time. It reflects the useful contribution by Senators in the excellent and healthy Second Stage debate when matters were teased out and we satisfied ourselves with the content of the Bill. I thank all colleagues in the House for that.

Mr. O'Dowd: I thank the Minister of State for attending the House to debate this legislation. The Second Stage debate was very useful. It is important the Opposition co-operates with legislation on which there is agreement and which is passed after due and proper consideration and debate. I am happy that this is good and necessary legislation and that it will be implemented properly.

Question put and agreed to.

Sitting suspended at 11.20 a.m. and resumed at 2.30 p.m.