HC Deb 22 October 1908 vol 194 cc1358-9
VISCOUNT HELMSLEY (Yorkshire, N.R., Thirsk)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what principle he acts in deciding whether to give or withhold his consent to applications from compensation authorities for leave to borrow under subsection 5 of Section 3 of the Licensing Act, 1904.


I cannot say more than that I give my careful consideration to all the circumstances of any case in which application is made to me. In certain recent cases I have felt that I should not be justified in giving leave to borrow, which would have the effect of charging the compensation levies for future years with awards of compensation made on a scale which it is one of the objects of the Licensing Bill to replace by a less extravagant scale. If the hon. Member desires to bring any particular case under my notice I shall be glad to consider it.