Dáil Éireann - Volume 344 - 06 July, 1983

Turf Development Bill, 1983: Committee and Final Stages.

[1909] Sections 1 and 2 agreed to.


Question proposed: “That section 3 stand part of the Bill.”

Mr. O'Malley: There is an amendment to this section.

Mr. E. Collins: I have no notice of it.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: The Deputies in whose names the amendment is tabled are not here.

Mr. O'Malley: I do not think I will accommodate them. However, I should like to ask the Minister the precise reason for the section.

Mr. E. Collins: Bord na Móna have a considerable amount of information on record in relation to research on experiments they have carried out during the years. Up to now they have given this information on a voluntary basis to private bog developers. This simply formalises that practice by ensuring that private bog developers will have access to information on research and experiments carried out by the board as a right.

Question put and agreed to.

Section 4 agreed to.

Title agreed to.

Bill reported without amendment and passed.

Mr. E. Collins: I should like to make a protest. Surely when there is an agreement——

Mr. O'Malley: Deputy Treacy wished to raise a point earlier but he was not allowed.

Mr. E. Collins: Where there is agreement to take a Bill within a specified [1910] time, surely the Minister should have the right of reply, at least for 15 minutes.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: That is not a matter for the Chair. Earlier I indicated that the time factor should be considered but my appeal fell on deaf ears.

Mr. Reynolds: The problem lay with the other side.

Mr. E. Collins: It was the Opposition who talked it out.