REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PROCEDURE RELATIVE TO STANDING ORDERS.
1. The Committee on Procedure was appointed on the 19 h February, 1930, and consists of the Cathaoirleach and Leas-Chathaoirleach (ex officio) and Senators S. L. Brown, K.C., James G. Douglas, Thomas Farren, Thomas Linehan, Colonel Moore, Joseph O’Doherty and Siobhán Bean an Phaoraigh.
2. The question of the revision of the Standing Orders was referred to the Committee by the Seanad on the 19th February, 1930.
3. The present Standing Orders have not been substantially altered since they were originally adopted in 1923, shortly after the Seanad was constituted. Experience in their practical application gained since then has shown numerous changes to be desirable, and others have become essential by the operation of a series of Acts affecting the constitution and powers of the Seanad. In the circumstances, it seemed preferable to the Cathaoirleach to prepare a new set of Standing Orders rather than to attempt to revise the present ones. He accordingly caused a fresh draft to be drawn up under his direction, and this was submitted to the Committee.
4. The Committee considered this draft at its meetings on the 25th and 26th February, 5th, 13th, 20th and 26th March, 2nd April and 14th and 21st May, 1930, and made amendments to the draft.
5. The Committee recommends the adoption of the Standing Orders set out in the schedule hereto as the Standing Orders of the Seanad in substitution for the existing Standing Orders.
T. WESTROPP BENNETT,
Chairman of the Committee.
21st May, 1930.