HC Deb 13 January 1916 vol 77 cc1749-50
24. Sir J. D. REES

asked the Minister of Munitions whether he is aware that, despite the undertaking that the Central Control Board would not make any Order affecting any new area without consulting interested parties in the locality, including amongst others specially named the licensed trade, the Board held an inquiry on 16th December at Hull with reference to the scheduling of the Humber district, the East Riding, and parts of Lincolnshire, at which inquiry, although all the other interested parties were consulted and represented, the licensed trade were not only not consulted, but on their making application to be present were refused repre- sentation and participation; and, if so, whether he will take steps to ensure that in future in similar inquiries the licensed trade shall be consulted as one of the interested parties in accordance with his undertaking?


I must refer the hon. Member to the answer given to him on the 6th instant. If he will also refer to my right hon. Friend's statement on the 9th December, he will see that no engagement taken by him has been infringed either in letter or in spirit.