HC Deb 03 March 1893 vol 9 cc972-3
MR. WOODS (Lancashire, Ince)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that a recent decision given in the Queen's Bench Division by a Court consisting of five of Her Majesty's Judges (one, Justice Cave, dissenting) has caused considerable misunderstanding in the Courts of Law as to the interpretation of the words "bonâ fide travellers"; and whether, by legislation or otherwise, he will take steps to give greater clearness to the definition?


My hon. Friend, no doubt, refers to the case of "Penn v. Alexander," decided on 5th February last. The decision was concurred in by four Judges out of five. Its effect appears to be that if the primary or main object of a journey is to obtain liquor the person making it is not a bonâ, fide traveller within the meaning of the Licensing Acts. This would seem to be a clear and intelligible rule, and so far as it goes not to need further definition by legislation.