CLAUSE 10 (Relief from duty on liquor licences, and provisions as to justices licences, where business discontinued owing to war circumstances).

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill. – in the House of Commons on 9th June 1942.

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Photo of Mr Osbert Peake Mr Osbert Peake , Leeds North

I beg to move in page 5, line 45, at the end, to insert: (6) For the purposes of this section and of the Sixth Schedule to this Act the destruction of premises or serious damage thereto, though not caused by enemy action or other cause arising from war, shall be deemed in relation to a business carried on therein to be war circumstances if the execution of works necessary to enable the business to be carried on is prevented by war circumstances. This is a minor Amendment of Clause 10 which, in conjunction with the Sixth Schedule, deals with the temporary suspension of justices' licences where premises have been damaged by enemy action. War circumstances are defined by Sub-section (1), but there is a further case in which the suspension of a justices' licence may be desirable or necessary, and that is where, although the damage is not due to enemy action, yet rebuilding is impracticable, owing to war-time restrictions. The object of the new Subsection to bring within the definition of "war damage," those cases in which the execution of the work is prevented by circumstances arising out of the war.

Amendment agreed to.