§ MR. J. A. PEASE (Essex, Saffron Walden)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether the Government will be prepared in the Committee stage of the Licensing Bill to favourably consider an Amendment whereby a time limit may be inserted, after which no compensation will lie payable for the non-renewal of a licence, and thus gradually eliminate the creation of private property in a licence granted by the State, instead of establishing a permanent freehold in a licence such as is now created by the Bill.
§ MR. A. J. BALFOUR
The Question of the hon. Member seems to be put in the form of notes for a speech on the Bill, rather than in (he form of a Question which it is desirable to answer across the floor of the House at Question time. I traverse the premisses on which he proceeds; but I shall, probably before the afternoon's debate is concluded, have to say something on this question of a time limit, and perhaps that may serve in lieu of an answer at the present moment.
§ MR. J. A. PEASE
May I assume that the Solicitor-General yesterday, when he indicated that the Government were prepared to entertain this proposal, was speaking for himself or for the Government.