MR. T. F. RICHARDS (Wolverhampton, W.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been called to the fact that the Loughborough licensing justices have granted a licence to the brush company at Loughborough for the sale at their works of intoxicating liquors for the benefit of those workmen who are living on the premises during the present dispute; and whether, seeing that such permission makes such premises so licensed a public-house, and in view of the provisions of the Truck Act, he proposes to take any, and, if any, what, steps in the matter.
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. GLADSTONE, Leeds, W.)
Yes, Sir. I have made inquiry into the matter, but so far as I am able to judge from the facts which have been brought to my knowledge, I cannot find that any breach of the Truck or other Acts has taken place. The magistrates appear to have been within their powers in granting the licence.