Order of Business- 13th June, 2013

Deputy Joe O’Reilly: I have questions about legislation in two areas. First, in the justice area, there is the Criminal Justice (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill and the legislation to amend and strengthen the Criminal Assets Bureau in respect of tackling the proceeds of crime. These two measures are urgently required, given that communities continue to be threatened by criminal gangs. The gangs come into the communities, particularly those in isolated areas, and carry out a sequence of robberies in a single night. It is urgent to bring forward both legislative measures in this context.

On a different area, many of our subcontractors have had a very bad experience in the aftermath of the Celtic tiger economy and have been the victims of larger contractors.
In that context, when will the Construction Contracts Bill be coming before the House to be passed and enacted?

The Taoiseach: Deputy O’Reilly has expressed an interest in the criminal justice (miscellaneous provisions) Bill and the criminal justice (proceeds of crime) Bill on previous occasions, as has Deputy Bernard Durkan. Both Bills are listed for later this year but the criminal justice (proceeds of crime) Bill is still being discussed with the Criminal Assets Bureau, CAB.
The Construction Contracts Bill is on Committee Stage and obviously it is a matter for the members of the committee as to when they conclude their deliberations, at which point the Bill will come back to this House for Report and Final Stages.

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