Licensing Laws

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th June 1985.

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Photo of David Maclean David Maclean , Penrith and The Border 12:00 am, 27th June 1985

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he has made a calculation of the effect on income to the Treasury of more liberal licensing laws.

Photo of David Maclean David Maclean , Penrith and The Border

Does my hon. Friend accept that if we were to have more liberalised licensing laws that would have an effect on the income that the Treasury would receive, because to the additional number of foreign tourists who would come to this country to drink under laws as civilised in England as they are in Scotland?

Photo of Mr John Moore Mr John Moore , Croydon Central

I can see the surface attraction to the Treasury in terms of revenue, but my hon. Friend will know that licensing hours policy and related issues are matters for my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary.