§ Mr. SAMUEL ROBERTS
asked whether the right hon. Gentleman's attention has been called to the recent closing, under The Licensing (Consolidation) Act, 1910, of a beerhouse, the Burton Arms, situate at 432, Attercliffe Road, Sheffield, and to the announcement that the same premises are to be opened on 12th March as a non-political working men's club; and whether he is prepared to support the Control and Supervision of Clubs Bill now before the House, which would prevent the closing of public-houses being rendered nugatory in this way?
§ Mr. McKENNA
The case in question is an instance of the occurrences with which certain provisions which found a place in the Government Licensing Bill of 1908 and now appear in the hon. Member's Bill were designed to deal—I mean, those conferring on justices power to refuse the registration of a club. I am in favour of those provisions, but cannot undertake in answer to a question to express any general opinion on the hon. Member's Bill.