That it is expedient to make provision for the fixing by the Minister for Finance and the charging by the Valuation Tribunal of a fee in respect of an appeal to the tribunal under any Act of the present session to make provision with respect to land to prevent it being or becoming a derelict site, to enable local authorities to require the taking of measures on derelict sites by the owners or occupiers and, in certain circumstances, to acquire derelict sites compulsorily, to establish registers of derelict sites, to enable the Minister to give directions in relation to derelict sites, to provide for a derelict sites levy and to provide for other matters connected with the aforesaid and to repeal the Derelict Sites Act, 1961.
This financial resolution is needed because section 23(10) of the Bill applies sections 5 and 7 of the Valuation Act, 1988, to the determination of an appeal under the section. Section 7 of the Valuation Act enables the Minister for Finance, by regulation, to prescribe the fee to be charged in respect of an appeal to the Valuation Tribunal. Under Dáil Standing Order 122(2), the Committee Stage of a Bill, which incidentally involves a charge on the people, shall not be taken unless a motion approved of the charge has been passed by the Dáil. As section 23(10) of the present Bill involves such a charge, a financial resolution must be moved by a member of the Government and passed by the Dáil.