There will be precious little building before the 21st March, 1925. Surely a man ought to get some time after the rebuilding, and I want the Committee to consider whether we should not substitute for the words " before the 31st day of March, 1925," the words " until the expiration of a year from the rebuilding," or whatever time you consider right after the rebuilding. The rates should be begun to be charged after they had been put into working order again for some time.

The 31st March is put in because it is the end of the financial year.

If you put in " until the expiration of a year from the rebuilding," will that interfere with the rates to such an extent that they could not carry on ? I see your point if it meant getting off two years.

Would it not be very complicated as regards the collecting ?

It is quite obvious that he should not have an indefinite period to rebuild.

The provision in the Bill is encouraging people to start at once.

Give him a couple of years to rebuild and no more, and if he does not rebuild, then it is his own fault. What about 1927 ? That would give him three years from last March. That is quite long enough.

I think it is too much.

Would you say " 1926 " ? That would give him two years.

That meets my objection to this.

Amendment, that Clause 10 be amended by striking out the figures " 1925 " and substituting " 1926," be agreed to.

The words " temporary buildings " in the Section apply entirely to buildings like those we see in O'Connell Street, where business is being carried on in them. But when a man starts to build in a place, he might erect sheds and all kinds of things for rebuilding purposes, and the whole of them could be included under this heading.

The usual custom is that when you are building you must have sheds for storage of implements. These are not temporary buildings in the meaning of the Section. Store-houses or tool houses would not be rated.

They could not be rated.

That is all I want to know.

It might be well to look into it.

I will look into it.

There is nothing in this Bill to prevent people putting up temporary erections and carrying on business.

And then they would be rated.

My theory was that this Clause should be split into two.

I will look into it between this and the Report Stage.

Very good, sir.

On Friday fortnight an application came before the Finance Committee of the Corporation for permission to erect a temporary wooden structure on a site where there were two houses, and attached to which there is, I presume, a very valuable compensation grant. I do not think that at the present moment such a thing should be allowed to occur.

A man might construct an abnormal building which might be quite right from his business point of view.

If a building is not commenced within two years, Section 8, as it now stands, allows the Corporation to interfere.

It is an extraordinary thing that anyone at this moment should apply to put up a temporary structure.

Surely he has not got leave ?

He would not get leave if we were there, but we do not know what may happen now.

The whole object of this Act is to give the Corporation power to prevent this thing.

Question : " That Section 10 (formerly Section 8) stand part of the Bill," put and agreed.
Question : " That Section 11 (formerly Section 9) stand part of the Bill," put and agreed.
Question : " That Section 12 (formerly Section 10) stand part of the Bill," put and agreed.
Question : " That Section 13 (formerly Section 11) stand part of the Bill," put and agreed.
Question : " That Section 14 (formerly Section 12) stand part of the Bill," put and agreed.
Question : " That Section 15 (formerly Section 13) stand part of the Bill," put and agreed.

In Section 7 of the Schedule a verbal alteration is necessary in line 32, so that the Section should read :—

7.—The arbitrator appointed for the purpose of settling compensation shall, in addition to his powers under the Acts incorporated in the order, have power :—

(a) to state his award or any part thereof in the form of a special case for the opinion of the High Court on a question of law under Section 8 of the Common Law Procedure Amendment Act (Ireland), 1856, and, on the application of the Corporation,

(b) to order works to be executed by the Corporation for the accommodation of adjoining lands or buildings either instead of or in addition to the payment of compensation.

Amendment agreed to.
Question : " That the Schedule as amended stand part of the Bill," put and agreed.

This is the first time in Ireland that there has been an allowance for betterment. It has been done in England, but this is the first time in Ireland.

The Bill as amended was ordered to be reported to the Seanad.

The Committee concluded.