Air-Raid Precautions Act, 1939

Provisions in relation to appeals to the Minister.

26.—(1) The Minister may, with the consent of the Minister for Finance, make rules as respects appeals to him under sections 22 and 25 of this Act—

(a) specifying the manner in which the appeals are to be brought;

(b) authorising persons to be appointed, in all or any specified class of cases, to inquire into the matters raised by any such appeal and to report thereon to the Minister;

(c) authorising any person so appointed to take evidence on oath and for that purpose to administer oaths, and to require the attendance of witnesses and the production of documents, and authorising the punishment on summary conviction of persons who fail to comply with any such requirement, and fixing the penalty (not exceeding ten pounds) which may be imposed on persons so convicted;

(d) making provisions as to the costs incurred on any such appeal;

(e) otherwise regulating the procedure to be followed in connection with the investigation and determination of such appeals;

and may make different rules in respect of appeals under the said section 22 and in respect of appeals under the said section 25.

(2) Any expenses incurred by the Minister in respect of an appeal under section 22 or section 25 of this Act shall be paid to the Minister either (as the Minister thinks fit) by such of the parties thereto as the Minister may direct or by each of the parties thereto in such proportions as the Minister may direct, and a certificate by the Minister shall be conclusive evidence of the amount of such expenses, and any moneys paid to the Minister under this section shall be paid into or disposed of for the benefit of the Exchequer in such manner as the Minister for Finance shall direct.