I beg to move Clause 2:—
Clause 2:—"(i.) The Minister of Finance may borrow from any person and the Bank of Ireland may advance to the Minister of Finance on the credit of the sum authorised to be issued by Section One of this Act any sum or sums not exceeding the amount so authorised, and for the purpose of such borrowing the Minister of Finance may create and issue any securities bearing such rate of interest and subject to such conditions as to repayment, redemption or otherwise as he thinks fit.
(ii.) The principal and interest of any securities issued under this Act and the expenses incurred in connection with the issue of such securities shall be charged on the Central Fund or the growing produce thereof.
(iii.) Any money raised by securities issued under this Act shall be placed to the credit of the account of the Exchequer, and shall form part of the Central Fund and be available in any manner in which such Fund is available."
Now, we must have some Bank. You can, if you wish, have several Banks, but at any rate we must consolidate in one Central Fund the resources of the revenue of the State, and it is obviously essential that we should deal with one Bank. One Bank should have some authority to permit of the overdrawing of the account or the providing you with the money you require. I read in the Press yesterday that the Provisional Government was reputed to have gone to the Bank of Ireland and borrowed one million at 6 per cent. I read the announcement in three papers, and I did not find any of them telling the same story. It is not a fact that we borrowed one million at 6 per cent. from the Bank. We did not borrow it at 6 per cent.; we did not borrow it at all. How people outside the Government know all the things they know and state them soberly before a Committee is more than I can understand.