INTERPRETATION BILL, 1923.—FIRST STAGE.

I desire to ask leave to introduce the Interpretation Bill, 1923. The title of the Bill is: "A Bill to prescribe rules for the construction of Acts of the Oireachtas and to define the meaning of certain words and expressions commonly used in such Acts, and for other purposes relating to the meaning, construction, and operation of Acts of the Oireachtas, and of instruments made under the authority thereof."

The Bill is in the nature of a draftsman's Bill, the effect of which will be to make certain definitions of terms and to facilitate the shortening of Bills and the getting rid of verbiage by having unnecessary repetitions and unnecessary definitions.

Are the words "United Kingdom" included in those terms?

Wait and see.

Those words ought to be familiar.

Leave granted to introduce the Bill. Second stage ordered for November 22nd, 1923.