HC Deb 15 March 1904 vol 131 c1129
MR. SAMUEL ROBERTS (Sheffield, Ecclesall)

To ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether his attention has been called to the number of refusals to renew licences at the recent Brewster Sessions, notably at Scarborough, Swansea, Whitby, and Keighley, arising through no misconduct on the part of the licence holders; and whether, in view of these facts, he is prepared to expedite the introduction of the Government Licensing Bill, or to make its provisions retrospective.

(Answered by Mr. A. J. Balfour.) It is premature at the present time to make any statement as to the provisions of the promised Licensing Bill.