HC Deb 10 February 1893 vol 8 c1029

I beg to ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, with a view to checking the abuses arising from the existence of clubs supplying intoxicating liquors during all hours, the Government will consider the advisability of introducing a clause into their licensing measure which will afford facilities to the police to visit all clubs possessing Excise licences; and whether they will empower the Licensing Authority to prohibit the supply of intoxicating liquors on evidence of misconduct in any such club?


As licences are not granted for these places, the Local Authority does not possess power to do as the hon. Member suggests. I gather that my hon. Friend wants generally to know whether some authority should not be taken to deal with these clubs. I am strongly of opinion it should, and I think in that the noble Lord the Member for South Paddington agrees with me, as he introduced a measure upon this question which, in my opinion, is a difficult one and of great importance.

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