37. Mr. J. W. WILSON
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he can now give a statement showing the extent to which the Intoxicating Liquor (Temporary Restriction) Act, 1914, has been put into operation to limit the hours of opening and closing of licensed premises by licensing authorities throughout the Kingdom; and whether, in the interests of greater efficiency and in view of the shortness of labour, especially for Government contracts, he will consider the desirability of making the Act of more general application?
§ The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. Cecil Harmsworth)
I much regret that the Return of Orders under the Act which is in preparation is not yet ready for presentation to Parliament, but I hope that it will be presented within a week or two. As regards the latter part of the question, I can only refer my right hon. Friend to the Prime Minister's intimation that it depends upon the possibility of an agreed Bill.