HC Deb 28 November 1911 vol 32 cc202-3

asked the Secretary of State if he is aware that in the Licensing Act, 1902, Part III., Section 25, it is enacted that the clerk to the justices of every petty sessional division shall keep a register of clubs in the division in which intoxicating liquors are sold, and that the register shall contain the number of members of such clubs; and if he has information as to the total number of members of such registered clubs in England and Wales, respectively; and, if not, will he take steps to ascertain those numbers?


I am aware that under Section 92 of the Licensing (Consolidation) Act, 1910, the secretary of every club which requires to be registered has to make a return every year for entry in the register of clubs kept by the clerk to the magistrates for the district, and that among the particulars to be included in the return is a statement of the number of members. I agree with my predecessors, who have more than once considered the question, and were satisfied that the figures of total membership would not be of sufficient value to repay the labour and cost of collecting them.