asked the Secretary to the Treasury, Whether Robert Paisley has been granted a publican's licence by the Excise in respect of premises situated in Bellshill, Lanarkshire; whether Paisley's application to the Licensing Court under the Publican's Certificates (Scotland) Act, 1876, was for a new licence or for a renewal; whether he was granted a new certificate, and whether, on application for confirmation under the Publican's Certificates (Scotland) Act, 1876, confirmation was refused; if his certificate was a new one, and not confirmed, under what Law the Excise authorities granted him a licence; and, if no licence has been granted, why Paisley is allowed openly to carry on business as a publican?
§ MR. COURTNEY
The Excise authorities in this case granted a licence upon a magistrate's certificate in the usual form. It is understood, however, that a technical point was raised at the Licensing Court, as to whether any confirmation was needed, as Paisley already had a grocer's certificate, and applied for a publican's certificate in respect of the same premises; but this does not concern the Inland Revenue.
said, the hon. Gentleman had not answered the Question, whether Paisley applied for a new certificate, and was granted a new certificate, or whether he applied for an old one?
§ MR. COURTNEY
replied that, as he understood it, Paisley had a grocer's certificate, and he applied for a publican's certificate.