The Joint Committee on Standing Orders (Private Business) has considered the desirability of amending certain Standing Orders with a view to (1) giving effect therein to the various amendments of the Ministers and Secretaries Acts which have been made since 1939, and (2) clarifying the position relating to the deposit of reports from Departments. It has also considered the question of increasing the scale of fees payable by promoters of Private Bills.
The Joint Committee recommends that the amendments set forth in the Schedule to this Report be made.
(Signed) CORMAC UA BREISLEÁIN,
19th November, 1958.
STANDING ORDER 20.
1. The deletion of the Standing Order and the substitution therefor of the following:—
‘On or before the 21st December printed copies of the Bill shall be deposited at the Departments of the Taoiseach, Finance, Justice, External Affairs, Local Government, Health, Industry and Commerce, Agriculture, Education, Lands, Posts and Telegraphs, Defence, Social Welfare and Gaeltacht, and at the office of the Attorney General.”
STANDING ORDER 83.
2. In line 2 the deletion of “stand” and the substitution therefor of “be deposited in the Private Bill Office and shall be.”
3. The deletion of the Appendix and the substitution therefor of the following:—
(See Standing Order 2)
A Table of the Fees to be charged in respect of Private Bills in the Dail and the Seanad.
Fees to be paid by the Promoters of a Private Bill.
For Proceedings in the House (in the case of Bill referred to Joint Committee).
For Proceedings in the House (in the case of Bill Referred to Select Committee).
The preceding Fees on the First, Second, Report and Fifth Stages, to be increased according to the money to be raised or expended under the authority of any Bill for the execution of a work, in conformity with the following scale:—
For every £10,000, or part thereof, by which the amount to be so raised or expended shall exceed £25,000, up to a maximum of £1,000,000, an increase of 5 per cent of the Fees shown above.
For Proceedings before any Committee.
When any Bill has been referred to a Joint Committee the above Fees for proceedings before such Committee shall be increased by one half.
Fees to be paid by the Opponents of a Private Bill.
For Proceedings before the Examiner, or before any Committee.
Provisional Order Confirmation Bills.
On the Fifth Stage of a Provisional Order Confirmation Bill in the Dáil and the Seanad, respectively, a fee of £10 shall be charged to the applicants for each Provisional Order included in the Bill.
The same fees shall be charged to applicants and opponents at the Committee Stage in the case of opposed Provisional Order Confirmation Bills as in the case of Private Bills.
Fees to be paid on the taxation of costs on private bills.
Fees to be paid in respect of the Shorthand Writer.
Regulations by the Ceann Comhairle and the Cathaoirleach for the Payment of Fees.
1. Fees shall be denoted on the appropriate Private Bill forms by means of General Duty Stamps impressed at the Office of the Revenue Commissioners (Stamping Branch), Dublin Castle.
2. Cheques in payment of the fees shall be drawn in favour of the Accountant-General of Revenue and each cheque shall be guaranteed by the Bank on which it is drawn.
3. Where ascertained or ascertainable, fees shall be payable in advance.”
4. In paragraph (7) the deletion of the second column and the substitution therefor of the following:—
“A copy of so much as relates to:—
(a) any land subject to a Purchase Annuity,
(b) fisheries, or
(c) any proposed work or portion thereof by which the banks, foreshore or bed of any river may be affected.”
5. The deletion of paragraph (8).