HC Deb 29 June 1908 vol 191 cc350-1

I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps have been taken by His Majesty's Government, in response to the appeal made nearly two years ago by His Grace the Archbishop of Canterbury in the House of Lords, to control the retail sale of spirits in Southern Nigeria outside the limits of the Island and Colony of Lagos.


The Spirit Licence Ordinance of Southern Nigeria applies, not only to the Island and Colony of Lagos, but also to specified districts in the old Protectorate of Southern Nigeria, including the large trade centres and both banks of the Niger. It is the policy of His Majesty's Government that the licence system should be further applied whenever it is found practicable to extend the sphere of its operations. The Governor has been instructed to propose to the Alake of Abeokuta and to the Ibadan chiefs that regulations carrying out the provisions of the Spirit Licence Ordinance should be introduced into those towns.