DÁIL RESUMED. - APPROPRIATION BILL—FIRST READING.

I move for leave to bring in this Bill. The main object of this Bill is to give legal force to the proceedings which have already taken place in Committee, by which certain sums have been agreed to be devoted to the maintenance of the public services for the current financial year. There are certain sums comparatively small in amount which are payable out of the Exchequer in pursuance of permanent Acts, and which are not subject to discussion and variation from year to year. The present Bill does not affect such sums, but deals with the general requirements of the ordinary Government services, that is with the services which are usually described as Supply services, and requiring discussion from time to time in Committee of Supply. The figure of £38,051,086 mentioned in the first section of the Bill corresponds with the aggregate amount covered by the resolutions of Supply which were adopted yesterday. This figure represents the estimated Supply requirements of the entire financial year, and includes sums already issued during the period of the Provisional Government. I move for permission to bring in the Bill.

I beg to second that motion.

Motion put and agreed to.