§ 47. Captain BARNETT
asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the fact that the subject of State purchase of the liquor interests is receiving the serious consideration of His Majesty's Government, he is in a position to give an assurance that the interests of licensees will receive full and adequate compensation under any scheme which the Government may adopt; and whether, in order to allay the growing fears of retailers, he will undertake to consult the accredited representatives of the retail trade in England and Wales before finally coming to a decision on a matter which must vitally affect their livelihood?
§ 50. Mr. LEWIS HASLAM
asked the Prime Minister whether he will consider, in connection with the question of the State purchase of the liquor traffic, the desirability of the purchase by the State of the productive part only of such traffic— that is, the breweries and distilleries—so that the Government shall have complete control over the quality, the alcoholic strength, the quantity, and the destination of beer, etc., and spirits produced and distributed, and so that questions of retail distribution may be settled subsequently by such administrative regulations as may be desirable?
§ Mr. G. FABER
Considering the immense cost involved in any purchase by the State, will the right hon. Gentleman defer the further consideration of this most important matter until after the War?
§ Sir J. D. REES
Has my right hon. Friend seen in Lord George Hamilton's "Recollections" the disastrous effect on Governments of handling two subjects, namely, women and wine?
§ 54. Mr. HASLAM
asked the Prime Minister whether he will consider the desirability of obtaining expert opinion as to the value of alcohol for motive power and in connection with industries and the probable extension of its use for such purposes if produced under State control and sold at a low price while still providing a source of revenue?