Dáil Éireann - Volume 492 - 16 June, 1998

Censorship of Publications (Amendment) Bill, 1998: First Stage.

[695] Ms McManus: I move:

That leave be granted to introduce a Bill entitled an Act to provide for the expiration of certain prohibition orders made under the Censorship of Publications Acts, 1929 and 1946.

I hope the Government will accept this Bill in view of the importance of today's date and the importance for Irish literature.

An Ceann Comhairle: Is the Bill being opposed?

Dr. Woods: No.

Question put and agreed.

An Ceann Comhairle: Since this is a Private Members' Bill, Second Stage under Standing Orders must be taken in Private Members' time.

Ms McManus: I move: “That the Bill be taken in Private Members' time.”

Proinsias De Rossa: Given the Government is not opposing the Bill, will the Minister indicate if it is accepting it?

Mr. Cowen: The usual procedures will apply.

Dr. Woods: It will be taken in Private Members' business.

An Ceann Comhairle: That matter does not arise at this stage.

Question put and agreed to.