§ 18. Mr. DUNCAN MILLAR
asked the Minister of Munitions the number of districts in the United Kingdom within which the hours of sale of licensed premises have been restricted under Order by the Board of Control (Liquor Traffic); and whether, as a result of the restrictions imposed, there has been a marked diminutions in drunkenness in the districts affected and an increase in the efficiency of the workers employed in munition work?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MUNITIONS DEPARTMENT (Dr. Addison)
The Central Control Board (Liquor Traffic) have made eleven Orders restricting the hours for the sale and supply of intoxicating liquor in licensed premises and clubs. In one case the Order dealt with three areas, namely, Newport, Cardiff, and Barry. Thirteen 147 areas have thus been dealt with in all, ten of which are in England and Wales, and three in Scotland. A marked diminution in drunkenness has been reported as the result of the restrictions imposed. With regard to an increase in the efficiency of the workers employed in munition works, some favourable reports have been received, but it is generally agreed that more time is required before an opinion can properly be expressed.
§ Dr. ADDISON
If there has been a reduction in drunkenness, it would follow that there has been a reduction in consumption.