I move that the Committee agree with the Seanad in amendment No. 5:—
New section. In page 7, before Section 12, a new section inserted as follows:—
12.—(1) Every person who shall print for reward any document (other than a document to which this section does not apply) which he knows or has reason to believe is intended to be sold or distributed (whether to the public generally or to a restricted class or number of persons) or to be publicly or privately displayed shall, if such document consists only of one page or sheet printed on one side only, print his name and the address of his place of business on the front of such document and shall, in every other case, print the said name and address on the first or the last page of such document.
(2) Every person who shall contravene by act or omission the foregoing sub-section of this section shall be guilty of an offence under this section and shall be liable on summary conviction thereof, in the case of a first such offence, to a fine not exceeding twenty-five pounds and, in the case of a second or any subsequent such offence, to a fine not exceeding fifty pounds.
(3) This section does not apply to any of the following documents, that is to say:—
(a) currency notes, bank notes, bills of exchange, promissory notes, cheques, receipts and other financial or commercial documents,
(b) writs, orders, summonses, warrants, affidavits and other documents for the purposes of or for use in any lawful court or tribunal,
(c) any document printed by order of the Government, either House of the Oireachtas, a Minister of State, or any officer of the State in the execution of his duties as such officer,
(d) Any document which the Minister for Justice shall by order declare to be a document to which this section does not apply.
This amendment is also consequent on the deletion of Section 12. It requires printers to print their names and addresses on documents printed by them. Again I am informed that this is the English law at present, and is also the practice here. Deputies will remember that when the Bill was before the House there was some criticism as to what regulations might be made under this Bill. What I am now doing is deleting Section 12, which empowers the Minister to make regulations, and substituting amendments by which the regulations will be incorporated in the Bill itself.