Off-Licences.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland. – in the House of Commons on 10th April 1928.

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Photo of Mr Carlyon Bellairs Mr Carlyon Bellairs , Maidstone

35.

asked the Home Secretary how many off-licences there were in London in 1922 and how many of these were tied to brewers; and how many off-licences there were in the provinces in 1922 and how many of these were tied to brewers?

Photo of Mr William Bridgeman Mr William Bridgeman , Oswestry

The number of premises with Justice' off-licences in London (County and City) on 1st January, 1922, was 2,156; the number in the provinces was 19,952. I have no information as to the number which are tied to brewers.

Photo of Mr Carlyon Bellairs Mr Carlyon Bellairs , Maidstone

36.

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that, though off-licences were originally granted for the convenience of the public, there has been a great increase in the number of these licences tied to brewers, especially in London, and that as a result only the beer and stout is sold in which the owner, as distinct from the tenant, is interested; and whether facilities can be given for a private Bill to prevent further off-licences becoming tied and to facilitate the liberation of off-licences which are already tied?

Photo of Mr William Bridgeman Mr William Bridgeman , Oswestry

The statement made in the first part of the question has not previously been brought to my notice, and I have no information on the subject. I doubt whether the Leader of the House would find it possible to comply with the request contained in the second part of the question.

Photo of Mr Carlyon Bellairs Mr Carlyon Bellairs , Maidstone

Would the right hon. Gentleman be able to get information if I put a question down in, say, a week's time?

Photo of Mr William Bridgeman Mr William Bridgeman , Oswestry

I am not quite sure, but if the hon. and gallant Gentleman will see me, I will let him know in a day or two whether it is possible to get any further information.