HC Deb 02 April 1908 vol 187 c656
MR. BARNARD (Kidderminster)

To ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether, in reference to Sub-clause (1) of Clause 1 of the Licensing Bill, relating to the reduction period of fourteen years, such reduction period or time limit, in view of the provisions of Clause 3, was based upon any statistical or actuarial data; whether such data are available to Members of the House or general public, and where; and, if not, whether he will lay a Paper containing the information referred to.

(Answered by Mr. Asquith.) The reduction period of fourteen years was adopted as being of a reasonable length, regard being had to all the circumstances of the case, many of which are not of such a character that they could be given any precise mathematical expression. It is not founded upon any statistical or actuarial data.