HC Deb 22 March 1888 vol 324 cc35-6
MR. ADDISON (Ashton-under-Lyne)

asked the President of the Local Government Board, Whether, having regard to the proposals for diminishing the number of licensed public houses, it is the intention of the Government, during the present Session, to bring in a Bill dealing with Clubs in which intoxicating liquors are sold, with a view to diminishing their number, and placing them under the like restrictions and charges as public houses?

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

The question is how to deal with Bogus Clubs, of which complaint is so justly made, without unduly interfering with the bonâ fide Club. It is a very important question; but it is also one very difficult of solution. As my hon. and learned Friend knows, the Government has been considering the matter, and is still considering it; and I shall be very glad, indeed, if we can see any way of dealing with it.