Local Authorities (Combined Purchasing) Act, 1939

Conditions as to place of manufacture and terms of employment.

7.—(1) The Minister may by order provide that every application for appointment as official contractor for the supply of a commodity specified in such order shall be accompanied by an undertaking by the applicant that, in the event of his appointment,—

(a) such commodity when supplied by him in pursuance of such appointment shall be manufactured or produced in Ireland, and

(b) if he manufactures or produces such commodity at any time during the period of his appointment, the wages paid and the conditions of employment observed by him in such manufacture or production shall be not less favourable to his employees than those required in the execution of contracts with a Minister of State.

(2) Whenever an order has been made under this section in relation to applications for appointment as an official contractor, no application for appointment as such official contractor shall, so long as such order remains in force, be considered unless it is accompanied by the undertaking mentioned in such order.

(3) If any official contractor fails to carry out an undertaking entered into by him in pursuance of an order under this section, he shall be guilty of an offence under this section and shall be liable on summary conviction thereof to a fine not, exceeding ten pounds.

(4) The Minister shall exercise the powers conferred on him by this section in so far as it appears to him from time to time to be practicable so to do.

(5) The Minister may by order at any time revoke an order made under the first sub-section of this section.

(6) In this section the word “Ireland” does not include any area which is not within the area and extent of application of the laws enacted by the Oireachtas.