§ SIR JOHN SHELLEY
said, he would beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether the Government have come to any determination in reference to an alteration of the Law regarding the regulations as to the hours at which Licensed Houses in the Metropolis should be closed during the night?
§ SIR GEORGE GREY
, in reply, said, he had received strong representations from some parts of the metropolis of the evil arising from certain public-houses and refreshment houses being kept open during the whole of the night. It was suggested that it would be desirable to make such an alteration in the law as would compel the closing of such houses between the hours of one and four o'clock in the morning. He believed that such an alteration would be of great benefit to the public, and in accordance with the wishes of the majority of licensed victuallers. The right hon. Gentleman was understood to say that a measure was in course of preparation on the subject.