HC Deb 27 July 1896 vol 43 cc684-5
MR. JOHN WILSON (Lanark, Govan)

I beg to ask the Lord Advocate whether he is aware that in the burgh of Dunbar a hotel proprietor failed to apply for a renewal of his licence from the magistrates who are the licensing authority in the burgh, and no certificate being granted he obtained a licence from the Inland Revenue; and, whether there is anything to prevent the magis trates being habitually passed over, and application being made direct to the Inland Revenue Department?


The Inland Revenue have no power to grant a hotel licence without a certificate from the licensing magistrates. In this case the hotel proprietor applied for a certificate, but he inadvertently omitted to lodge his application till some days after the time for so doing had expired, and the licensing magistrates were, therefore, unable to grant a certificate. They, however, endorsed and unanimously supported a memorial from the proprietor to the Board of Inland Revenue, praying to be allowed to carry on his business till he should have another opportunity of applying for a certificate; and the Board, considering that he had failed to obtain a certificate merely because of a technical objection to his application, instructed their officers not to interfere with him in carrying on his business till he should have an opportunity to make another application.