HC Deb 24 May 1911 vol 26 cc241-2

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he could state the general conditions under which intoxicating liquors are sold in Mauritius; what proportion of the revenue of the colony was derived from this source in 1909–10 as compared with 1899–1900; and whether there are any restrictions upon the sale of drink to children and other persons?

The SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Mr. Harcourt)

Retailers of intoxicating liquors, tavern keepers, hotel keepers, etc., are required to take out licences which are printed on pages 1,187, will find full details in the laws as to licences which are printed on pages 1,187, etc., of the revised edition of the laws of Mauritius, which is in the Library of this House. I am unable to give the figures asked for, as the returns in my possession do not show what portion of the revenue from import duties is derived from liquor. The sale of liquor to an intoxicated person is prohibited, as is the sale of spirits to be consumed on the premises to any person apparently below the age of fifteen.


Will the question of the sale of intoxicating liquors be discussed at the Imperial Conference?


Any question brought forward by the representatives may be discussed.