I beg to move, in Sub-section (1), to leave out the words
each of the Exchequers of Southern and Northern Ireland a sum of one million pounds for the purpose of making provision for the establishment of the Parliaments and Governments thereof
and to insert instead thereof the words
the Exchequers of Southern Ireland and Northern Ireland respectively such sums as the Joint Exchequer Board may certify to be necessary for the purpose of providing buildings (including the sites thereof) and for their equipment for the accommodation of the Parliaments and public Departments in Southern and Northern Ireland respectively.
I should like to ask the right hon. Gentleman whether he is quite satisfied that the words "public departments" will cover such buildings as the Law Courts, or buildings to house the Incorporated Law Society, if such a body should be set up? It seems to me doubtful whether the words would include such bulidings, and I should be glad if the right hon. Gentleman would look into the matter, and, if, necessary, add a word or two on Report to include such buildings.
It is intended to include the Law Courts, and I will see whether the words "public departments" do include them, but the Incorporated Law Society is not in any sense a Government institution, and I cannot say that we shall provide buildings for it any more than for the local College of Surgeons or the local Veterinary Surgeons. Those are professions, and they must provide buildings for themselves.
I think I am right in saying—the Attorney-General will correct me if I am wrong—that the very fine building in Dublin in which the Incorporated Law Society is at present housed is a Government building, provided out of Government funds.
Proposed words there inserted.
Further Amendment made: Leave out Sub-section (2).—[Sir L. Worthington-Evans.]