HC Deb 19 May 1914 vol 62 c1769
60. Mr. WATT

asked the Lord Advocate whether his attention has been called to a licensing case which came before the licensing Court of the burgh of John stone on 14th and 21st of April this year, when the licence of the Cross Keys Inn was transferred to Mr. Denis O'Donnell; whether he is aware that Mr. O'Donnell was represented in that Court by Mr. John MacRobert, a solicitor, of Paisley, whose brother, Mr. Thomas MacRobert, is depute justice of the peace clerk of the Appeal Court of the county in which the burgh of Johnstone is situated; if so, will he say whether this falls under Section 106 of the Licensing (Scotland) Act of 1903, which prohibits relatives of officials appearing in the Courts to which these officials are attached; and will he take any action in this matter in view of the fact that Section 106 of the Act is so frequently broken through?


My attention has not previously been called to the matters referred to by my hon. and learned Friend. Assuming the facts to be as stated, I am unable to see that any contravention of the enactment referred to is disclosed, and I therefore do not feel called upon to take any action. If my hon. and learned Friend will supply me with particulars of any cases where a contravention of the enactment referred to is alleged to have occurred, I shall cause inquiry to be made.