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11 1940


Chapter II.

Billeting during a period of emergency.

Emergency billeting.

12. —(1) The Minister may, from time to time and at any time, make such regulations as he thinks fit, for—

(a) requiring the occupiers of premises to provide, during a period of emergency, lodging, attendance, and food for members of the Defence Forces;

(b) requiring occupiers of premises and of livery stables to provide, during a period of emergency, stabling and forage for horses of the Defence Forces;

(c) requiring the occupiers of premises and garages to provide, during a period of emergency, garaging for mechanically propelled vehicles of the Defence Forces;

(d) conferring on such persons as the Minister thinks proper such powers and authorities for the carrying out and enforcement of the regulations as he thinks proper;

(e) fixing, with the sanction of the Minister for Finance, the scales of payment to be made in respect of any lodgings, attendance, food, stabling, forage and garaging so provided;

(f) providing for any matter or thing ancillary to the matters aforesaid;

(g) providing that any breach or contravention of any such regulation shall be an offence triable summarily, and fixing the punishments which may be inflicted by courts of summary jurisdiction on persons convicted of any such offence.

(2) There shall be paid out of moneys provided by the Oireachtas to persons providing lodgings, attendance, food, stabling, and garaging in pursuance of regulations made under this section payments in accordance with the scales fixed by such regulations.

(3) When by regulations made under this section any powers or duties are conferred or imposed on members of the Gárda Síochána or where such regulations provide that any arrangements with regard to billeting shall be made in consultation with any member of the Gárda Siochana, such regulations so relating to the Gárda Síochána shall be made with the concurrence of the Minister for Justice.

(4) Every regulation made under this section shall have the force of law.

(5) Every regulation under this section shall be laid before each House of the Oireachtas as soon as may be after it is made and, if a resolution annulling such regulation is passed by either such House within the next subsequent twenty-one days on which such House has sat after such regulation is laid before it, such regulation shall be annulled accordingly but without prejudice to anything previously done under such regulation.

(6) Notwithstanding the repeal thereof effected by this Act, section 173 (which relates to billeting in cases of emergency) of the Principal Act shall continue in force until the first regulations under this section have been made and have come into force.