That it is expedient to authorise the payment out of moneys provided by the Oireachtas of such expenses, grants and other sums as are necessary to give effect to any Act of the present session to make provision for the taking of precautions with the object of protecting persons and property in the event of attack from the air and to provide for certain other matters connected with the matters aforesaid.
Speaking on the Supplementary Estimate and on the main Army Estimate earlier this year, I indicated that the total expenditure that we contemplated on A.R.P. would be around £500,000. Of that £500,000, we estimate that £320,000 or thereabouts will be spent directly by the State on such equipment as gas makes, additional fire fighting equipment, decontaminating materials etc. Of the balance of £180,000, portion will be given by the State to local authorities and portion will be contributed by the local authorities themselves. There is, however, a section in the Bill that deals with the apportionment of that sum between the State and the local authorities and we can discuss the matter on that. I want to say that this £500,000, is a very rough estimate indeed, and I do not feel myself bound by it. It is the best shot that the people who are working A.R.P. can make at the moment as to what the expenditure will be likely to be if the circumstances turn out to be such as are envisaged at the moment. The annual expenditure involved in administration will be about £7,000.