If I may intervene now for a few moments I should like to say that this Double Taxation (Relief) Bill is an enabling instrument to allow us to come to an arrangement with the British Government whereby there will not be double taxation levied, and also to provide for avoiding the same obligation with regard to Stamp Duties, Death Duties, and so on. At present, if this Bill were not passed, and the Government were not authorised to enter into negotiations making the necessary arrangements, a person deriving income from some investments in England would, in the first case, be liable to deductions at the current rate of Income Tax in England, and then, when the dividends arrived here, would be also liable for Income Tax upon this side. I think this Bill, if the general impression outside the Seanad be taken into account would affect the individual members of this House, perhaps, much more than the individual members of the Dáil, and I expect it should be a much more popular instrument in this House than in the other. It is necessary, at any rate, we should get this Bill through without delay.
The Bill is rendered necessary by the separation of the two countries, and the setting up of Saorstát Eireann; it is an equitable measure. It would be unfair, having regard to what has for the last hundred and twenty years, to have people who have investments in both countries subject to such a very serious imposition, and that no steps should be taken to remedy it. It is to remedy it that we are moving and we are applying to business and commerce and taxation equitable principles so that any person having investments in England and here whether he is a citizen of the Saorstát having investments in England, or a British subject having investments in Ireland and living in England, would pay no more, in any circumstances, than the higher rate of taxation prevailing in either country. I think this is not a Bill that would require much criticism, and as I have said, it is necessary that the question raised in it should be dealt with without delay. Steps have been taken already by the British Government, on their part, when they passed an enabling Act last year entitling them to make this arrangement, and all we are doing now is seeking the same power.