HC Deb 09 March 1908 vol 185 c1134
MR. STUART WORTLEY (Sheffield, Hallam)

I beg to ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Members of the Central Licensing Commission under the Licensing Bill will hold office during pleasure or during good behaviour; and under what Vote in Committee of Supply will it be possible to criticise or call in question their acts or decisions.


The tenure will be during pleasure, subject to the duration of the time limit. The other point raised by the right hon. Gentleman is one of considerable importance, and, after consultation with my right hon. friend the Home Secretary, I have come to the conclusion that, in order that the proceedings of the Commission may be effectually kept under Parliamentary criticism and control, it will be desirable so far to modify Clauses 12 and 14 as to enact that the remuneration and expenses of the Commission shall be paid out of moneys provided by Parliament. The Secretary of State for the Home Department will remain as heretofore the Minister who will deal in Parliament with matters relating to the administration of the Licensing Laws.