I move amendment No. 1:—
Before Section 5 to insert a new section as follows:—
Section 12 of the Principal Act is hereby amended by the deletion in sub-section (2) of the said section of the words "Within one month" and the substitution in lieu thereof of the words "As soon as may be", and the said section shall be construed and have effect accordingly.
Section 12 of the Principal Act sets out that "within one month after the end of every local financial year the Commissioners shall certify to the Minister for Local Government and Public Health the total amount expended in the preceding local financial year in paying the remuneration of the Commissioners and the expenses incurred by the Commissioners in carrying this Act into effect". It has been found that one month is too short a period, and hence this amendment is now being recommended to the House.