Committee Reports::Report - Misuse of Drugs Bill, 1973 ::12 May, 1976::Proceedings of the Joint Committee



Dé Céadaoin, 12 Bealtaine, 1976.

Wednesday, 12th May, 1976.

1. The Committee met at 4 p.m.

2. Members Present.

The following members were present:—

Deputy Barry Desmond (in the Chair), the Minister for Health, Deputies Briscoe, Byrne, Conlon*, Esmonde, Hugh Gibbons, Haughey, Brigid Hogan-O’Higgins, Celia Lynch*, Ciarán Murphy, Fergus O’Brien, O’Connell, O’Malley and Wyse.

3. Consideration of Bill.

The Committee resumed consideration of the Bill.

(i) Section 22.

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

Question put, and agreed to.

(ii) Section 23.

Amendment proposed (Deputy Byrne):

“In page 15, subsection (1), line 50, after ‘prescription’ to insert ‘or order form or equivalent from from a medical practitioner, dentist, veterinary surgeon, chemist, druggist, hospital, health board, pharmaceutical production or distribution firm’.”

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Amendment proposed (Deputy Haughey):

“In page 16, between lines 12 and 13, to insert the following subsection:—

‘(2) A member of the Garda Síochána shall not exercise a power conferred on him by this section unless he has been furnished with an authorisation in writing by an officer of the Garda Síochána (not below the rank of Inspector) to exercise such power and if when claiming to exercise such power he is required to produce the said authorisation the power shall not be exercisable by him except on production of the authorisation’.”

Debate ensued.

Further consideration of the Bill adjourned.

4. Adjournment.

The Committee adjourned at 5.40 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Tuesday, 25th May, 1976.

* Deputies Conlon and Celia Lynch substituted for Deputies Toal and Loughnane respectively [S.O. 70 (2)].