Contracts for steamer service to the Aran Islands.
2.—(1) The Minister, either alone or jointly with any other Minister or Ministers, may, with the consent of the Minister for Finance, from time to time contract with any person for the carrying on by such person of a steamship service available to the public for the transport of passengers and goods for reward between the City of Galway and the Aran Islands and may, with the consent aforesaid, by such contract make provision for all or any of the following matters, that is to say:—
(a) the vessel or vessels to be used for the purpose of such service, and the maintenance, repair, and insurance of such vessel or vessels;
(b) the frequency and times of such service;
(c) the charges to be made for the carriage of passengers and goods by such service;
(d) the duration, continuation, renewal, and termination of such contract;
(e) the disposal, on the termination of such contract, of any vessel used for the purpose of such service, including the transfer of such vessel to the Minister;
(f) any other matter which appears to the Minister and every (if any) other Minister who is a party to such contract to be necessary or desirable for promoting the efficiency and remunerativeness of such service.
(2) The Minister may by any contract made under this section undertake, with the consent of the Minister for Finance and subject to the limitations imposed by this Act, to pay, at such times and subject to such conditions as shall be stated in such contract, an annual subsidy or an occasional subsidy or both such subsidies to the person who is for the time being carrying on the steamship service which is the subject of such contract.
(3) The authority conferred by the foregoing sub-sections of this section to enter into such contract as is mentioned in those sub-sections shall extend to continuing, renewing, varying, and terminating, with the consent of the Minister for Finance, any such contract but subject, as regards so much of such contract as relates to a subsidy, to the limitations imposed by this Act.