§ MR. MACLURE (Lancashire, S.E. Stretford)
asked the Under Secretary of 832 State for the Home Department whether any Justice of the Peace, being a shareholder in a railway or other company having licensed premises within the county, city, or borough for which he acts, was disqualified from sitting as a magistrate at licensing sessions, and liable to penalties for so doing?
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. STUART WORTLEY,) Sheffield, Hallam
The Secretary of State has no authority to give an opinion on a point of law. I can only refer my hon. Friend to the 60th section of 35 & 36 Vict., c. 94; but, assuming that the words in the question "having licensed premises" mean being "a retailer of intoxicating liquors," the answer, as I am advised, would seem to be in the affirmative.