Oral Answers to Questions — Inland Waterways (Liquor Sales)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th July 1952.

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Photo of Sir Eric Fletcher Sir Eric Fletcher , Islington East 12:00 am, 24th July 1952

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, in view of the recent decision of the Lord Chief Justice in Green v. Thames Launches Limited, he will amend the law with regard to the sale of intoxicating liquor on inland waterways outside the permitted hours.

Photo of Sir Eric Fletcher Sir Eric Fletcher , Islington East

Does not the Home Secretary think it anomalous that boats on the River Thames should be able to sell alcholic drinks outside the permitted hours? Is he aware that there is general public concern about the recent decision of the Lord Chief Justice?

Photo of Mr David Maxwell Fyfe Mr David Maxwell Fyfe , Liverpool, West Derby

I am not aware of the considerable public concern, but if anyone were to proceed to set up a fleet of floating bottle parties on the Thames the answer would be different.