§ MR. FULTON (West Ham, N.)
I beg to ask the Attorney General whether he is aware that the Ipswich Borough Magistrates have directed their clerk to call upon all applicants for the renewal of existing licences at the next Annual General Licensing Session to produce a ground plan of their premises in respect of which the licence is granted; if so, whether such action is in excess of their powers granted under the Licensing Acts of 1872 and 1874; and whether he will direct any steps to be taken in the matter?
§ THE ATTORNEY GENERAL (Sir RICHARD WEBSTER,) Isle of Wight
My attention has not been called to the case in question; but, assuming the facts to be as stated, I cannot say that the action of the Justices would be in excess of their powers under the Licensing Acts. They have to consider whether the premises are the same, and I cannot say they would be acting in excess of their powers by requiring proper information from the plans.