Amendment 3 is an amendment which was carried against me in the Seanad, but I would recommend the Dáil to accept it. As the Bill went up to the Seanad, there was no maximum limit of expenses. The Seanad seemed to be almost unanimously in favour of inserting a limit, and it carried this particular amendment. It fixes the limit a great deal higher than the limit in the Act of 1920. That Act fixed the limit at 2d. per Elector on the Register, so that in the case of a 3-member constituency, where there will be roughly 30,000 voters on the register, the scale that was adopted in the Seanad would give a limit of about £500 in a borough constituency per individual, and £625 in a county constituency. In the case of an eight-member constituency there would be £13,033, and in the case of a borough £1,666. In the case of a county constituency there is practically no limit, so far as the larger constituencies are concerned. It is a limit that may be gone up to in the smaller constituencies. In view, as I say, of the Practical unanimity of the Seanad in favour of inserting this amendment and of the necessity of passing the Bill on account of the business there is and the shortness of time, and in view of the fact that the limit is fixed so very high in a great many constituencies, it cannot operate as an effective limit at all, I would recommend the Dáil to accept it. The amendment is:
Delete Part III. of the First Schedule and substitute the following:—
PART III.—MAXIMUM SCALE.
The expenses mentioned in Parts I. and II. of this Schedule, other than personal expenses and the fee, if any, paid to the election agent (not exceeding in the case of a county election seventy-five pounds, and of a borough election fifty pounds, without reckoning for the purposes of that limit any part of the fee which may have been included in the expenses first above mentioned) shall not exceed an amount equal—
in the case of a county election to fivepence for each elector on the register;
in the case of an election for a borough to fourpence for each elector on the register.
Where there are two or more joint candidates at an election, the maximum amount of expenses in Parts I., II, and III. of this Schedule shall, for each of the joint candidates, be the amount produced by multiplying a single candidate's maximum by one-and-a-half and dividing the result by the number of joint candidates.