ORDERS OF REFERENCE
21st June 1983:—Ordered:—That a Select Committee consisting of 18 members of Dáil Éireann (none of whom shall be a representative in the Assembly of the European Communities) be appointed to be joined with a Select Committee to be appointed by Seanad Éireann to form the Joint Committee on the Secondary Legislation of the European Communities
(i)such programmes and guidelines prepared by the Commission of the European Communities as a basis for possible legislative action and such drafts of regulations, directives, decisions, recommendations and opinions of the Council of Ministers proposed by the Commission,
(ii)such acts of the institutions of those Communities,
(iii)such regulations under the European Communities Act, 1972 (No. 27 of 1972). and
(iv)such other instruments made under statute and necessitated by the obligations of membership of those Communities
as the Joint Committee may select and to report thereon to both Houses of the Oireachtas; and
(b)to examine the question of dual membership of Dáil Éireann or Seanad Éireann and the European Assembly and to consider the relations between the Irish representatives in the European Assembly and Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann and to report thereon to both Houses of the Oireachtas:
(2) That in the absence from a particular meeting of the Joint Committee of a member who is a member of Dáil Éireann, another member of Dáil Éireann nominated by the Party to which the absent member belongs may take part in the proceedings and vote in his stead: and that members of Dáil Éireann. not being members of the Joint Committee, may attend meetings and take part in the proceedings without having a right to vote:
(3) That members of Dáil Éireann who are representatives in the Assembly of the European Communities be notified of meetings and be allowed to attend and take part in proceedings without having a right to vote;
(4) That the Joint Committee shall, subject to the consent of the Minister for the Public Service, have power to engage the services of persons with specialist or technical knowledge to assist it for the purpose of particular enquiries;
(5) That the Joint Committee, previous to the commencement of business, shall elect one of its members to be Chairman who shall have only one vote;
(6) That all questions in the Joint Committee shall be determined by a majority of votes of the members present and voting and in the event of there being an equality of votes the question shall be decided in the negative;
(7) That every report which the Joint Committee proposes to make shall, on adoption by the Joint Committee, be laid before both Houses of the Oireachtas forthwith, whereupon the Joint Committee shall be empowered to print and publish such report together with such related documents as it thinks fit; and
(8) That five members of the Joint Committee shall form a quorum of whom at least one shall be a member of Dáil Éireann and at least one shall be a member of Seanad Éireann [Minister for Industry and Energy].
Members of the Joint Committee on the Secondary Legislation of the European Communites.
Bernard J. Durkan
Oliver J. Flanagan
Richard V. Hourigan
Mary T. W. Robinson
Shane P. N. Ross
1 Elected Member of the European Parliament 14th June 1984.