I move that the Bill be now read a Second Time. This Bill is a kind of hardy annual, with which the House is familiar. It requires to be enacted before the end of the year, and in enacting it we propose to give statutory force to the schedule of enactments set out in I and II of the Schedule to the Bill. A memorandum explanatory of these Acts and giving the reasons for continuing them has already been circulated. Of the nine Acts affected by the Bill, provision has already been made for the repeal of three. I refer to the Poor Relief (Dublin) Act, 1929, the Local Government (Temporary Provisions) Act, 1923, and the Local Authorities (Combined Purchasing) Act, 1925. This latter Act will go when the Local Authorities (Combined Purchasing Act, 1939, comes into operation. As it may not be possible, owing to the emergency, to give effect to that Act before 1st January, it is necessary to continue the temporary measure.
As regards the other two Acts, both will be repealed when the Public Assistance Act, 1939, and the Local Government Act, 1941, come into operation, which will probably be before six months. I might add that the Acts appearing in the Schedule are reviewed from time to time to consider whether legislation might be introduced to give permanence to any of them. Apart from the three already mentioned, it is not considered desirable at present to make provision for any one of the remainder. It will be appreciated that the schedule of enactments to be continued has shrunk considerably over a number of years and we are now left with a mere handful of the Acts which used to appear annually in this Bill about this time.