HC Deb 23 December 1915 vol 77 cc591-2

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the licence for the Grand Hotel at Hong Kong is now held by a man of German nationality and the licence for the Peak Hotel by a German who has recently been naturalised, both being of military age; whether at the licensing board meeting the unofficial members all voted against the grant of the licences to these two men; whether, when these licences were refused last year, they were granted by an overriding order of the Government; what action has been taken on the present occasion; and what are the reasons inspiring official policy in this matter?


My right hon. Friend is unable to be here, and has asked me to answer this question on his behalf. I have no information as to the matters referred to in the hon. Gentleman's question, but I am telegraphing the Governor for a report.