Offences Against the State (Forfeiture) Bill, 1941—Second and Subsequent Stages.

Question proposed: "That the Bill be now read a Second Time."

This is a Bill continuing for another year the Offences Against the State (Forfeiture) Act which was passed last year. The original intention, when we brought in this Bill last year, was that it would be permanent but exception was taken to that and it was agreed then to have it an annual Bill. Under this Bill, property that is seized by the Guards, belonging to illegal organisations, is forfeited but anyone who has any objection, who thinks it has been wrongly taken, has the right to go to the High Court. During the year, various sums of money were forfeited. There was one large sum of 20,000 American dollars; some smaller sums, one of £100. Eight motor cars, duplicating machines, and things of that kind, wireless equipment, etc., were forfeited during the year. It will be necessary to have this Bill for a further year. This Bill is really asking to have it extended to the 3rd day of September, 1942. There was no question raised with regard to the money that was forfeited—nobody raised any objection.

Question put and agreed to.
Agreed to take the remaining stages to-day.
Bill passed through Committee without amendment and reported.
Question—"That the Bill be received for final consideration"—put and agreed to.
Question—"That the Bill do now pass"—put and agreed to.
Bill ordered to be returned to the Dáil.