Mental Treatment Act, 1945

Regulations as to contracts by mental hospital authorities.

105.—(1) The Minister may, if he so thinks fit, make regulations in relation to the entering into and making of contracts by mental hospital authorities and any such regulations may relate to contracts generally or to contracts of a specified class.

(2) Where regulations made under this section are for the time being in force, all contracts to which such regulations relate made by a mental hospital authority shall be entered into and made in accordance with such regulations and, if any such contract is not so entered into or is not so made, it shall, if the Minister so directs, be wholly void and shall, unless or until the Minister gives such direction, be voidable at the option of any party thereto.

(3) Where a contract made or entered into by a mental hospital authority is avoided under this section, whether by the Minister or a party thereto, all payments made by the authority or any officer thereof in purported pursuance of the contract after it has been avoided shall, in the accounts of the authority or officer (as the case may be), be disallowed as being contrary to law.

(4) Nothing in this section or any regulation made thereunder shall prejudice or affect the application of the Local Authorities (Combined Purchasing) Act, 1925 (No. 20 of 1925), or of the Local Authorities (Combined Purchasing) Act, 1939 (No. 14 of 1939), to mental hospital authorities or the operation of either of those Acts in relation to such authorities.