Licensing Justices.

Oral Answers to Questions — Aliens. – in the House of Commons on 9th March 1922.

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Photo of Mr Samuel Samuel Mr Samuel Samuel , Wandsworth Putney

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asked the Home Secretary whether, seeing that justices interested in the brewing trades are not permitted to serve on licensing benches, he will secure a similar prohibition against members of temperance associations or other bodies working for prohibition or local veto sitting, in view of the difficulty that must accrue to their consciences to give unbiased decisions?

Photo of Mr Edward Shortt Mr Edward Shortt , Newcastle upon Tyne West

Justices interested in the brewing trade are prohibited from serving on licensing benches in the district in which they brew or in the adjoining districts, but in any case I cannot adopt the suggestion in the latter part of the question.