HC Deb 18 June 1891 vol 354 cc787-8
MR. BRUNNER (Cheshire, Northwich)

I beg to ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the repeatedly expressed desire of this House, and of his own desire expressed in making the Financial Statement on the 17th April, 1890, he will stop any further issue by Inland Revenue officers of licences for the sale, by retail, of intoxicating liquors?


The Board of Inland Revenue have no power to refuse a licence to any one holding a Magisterial Certificate. They have no power to exercise any discretion in the matter, and their business is merely to ascertain that the Magisterial Certificate is correct. The question of granting or refusing certificates under the existing law rests entirely with the Licensing Magistrates, and it is only a few licences, such as those for wine dealers, which are granted on application to the Inland Revenue Authorities.