HC Deb 20 April 1896 vol 39 c1245
SIR GEORGE TREVELYAN (Glasgow, Bridgeton)

I beg to ask the Lord Advocate—(1) whether the Secretary for Scotland was waited on by a deputation from the municipal bodies of all the cities and towns excepted from the Public Houses (Hours of Closing) (Scotland) Act, 1887, praying that the communities which they represented should be brought within the scope of the Act; (2) whether the Secretary for Scotland has received and considered the further information which he then requested the deputation to lay before him; and (3) whether the Government are prepared to support the amending Bill now before the House?

*THE LORD ADVOCATE (Sir CHARLES PEARSON,) Edinburgh and St. Andrew's Universities

The answer to the first and second paragraphs is in the affirmative. As to the third paragraph, the Government are not prepared to enter into any engagement in regard to the Bill, especially as it is unlikely that any opportunity can be found for discussing it.