This Bill introduced in and passed by the Seanad was prepared by the Parliamentary Draftsman at the instance of the Attorney-General. The Attorney-General had been approached by members of the Joint Committee on Standing Orders (Private Business), who pointed out that a power to administer oaths was absolutely essential to the carrying out of the duties of Private Bill Committees. It was found that the existing legislation dealing with the administering of oaths to witnesses before Committees on Private Bills was not applicable to Committees of the Dáil or the Seanad or Joint Committees of both Houses. It was accordingly agreed that a Bill—the present one—should be prepared giving power to each House, and to any Committee of either House, and to a Joint Committee of both Houses, to administer, oaths to witnesses. I beg to move the Second Reading of the Oireachtas Witnesses Oaths Bill, 1924.