HC Deb 05 June 1888 vol 326 c1173
MR. ANDERSON (Elgin and Nairn) (for Mr. SUMMERS) (Huddersfield)

asked the President of the Local Government Board, Whether the sum of £300,000 per annum, estimated as the amount that would be received from the 20 per cent increase of the Licence Duties, is calculated on the total proceeds of such duties, not only in England and Wales, but also in Scotland and Ireland; and, whether the above Estimate includes any, and, if so, what allowance for the diminution in the duties that will take place wherever County Councils exercise the power of closing public-houses on Sundays?

THE PRESIDENT (Mr. RITCHIE) (Tower Hamlets, St. George's)

My estimate in round numbers of £300,000 was based on the estimated revenue from the duties to be transferred to and collected by the County Councils in England and Wales, exclusive of Scotland and Ireland. The amount, of course, varies from year to year. No reduction was made in respect of any diminution of duty which would result from the County Councils exercising the power of closing public-houses on Sundays.