I ask leave to introduce the Shannon Electricity Bill, 1925, the purport of which is described in the Order Paper:—
To authorise and provide for the production by the State of electricity, generated by means of hydraulic power, derived from the waters of the River Shannon, and for the distribution and supply by the State of the electricity so generated, and for other matters.
I may mention that as far as the present proposals go the question of distribution and supply is only referred to in one general clause, but that general clause will later be supplemented by a complete organisation Bill. This Bill merely deals with the generation side. It has one clause dealing with the matter of distribution and sale, to get over a certain transition period, but the general question of distribution and supply will be dealt with in a particular Bill directed to that end.