HC Deb 27 February 1917 vol 90 cc1835-6
40. Mr. O'GRADY

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the fact that Ciro's are now proposing to spend a sum estimated at £3,000 in introducing the cabaret system to London; whether, having regard to the cry for economy and to the fact that at a time when every penny is required for the prosecution of the War and that the public are being admonished to ration themselves, any permit has been granted by the Priority Committee to rebuild or adapt any premises for the purpose; and, if so, will stops be taken to at once cancel such permit to prevent this expenditure of money?

Sir WORTHINGTON EVANS (Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Munitions)

My right hon. Friend has asked me to answer this question. I think the hon. Member has been misinformed. No application for a permit has been made and no licence has been issued for the rebuilding or adaptation of the premises to which he refers.


Is a permit necessary for the introduction of this obnoxious system called the cabaret system?


I think it would be necessary if the expenditure on the building exceeds £500.

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