HC Deb 08 April 1919 vol 114 cc1860-1
87. Mr. HAYDAY

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Munitions whether his attention has been called to the general Order of the Central Control Board, dated 10th March, modifying certain restrictions on the supply and delivery of excisable liquors; whether he can explain if Article 4 (2) is to be read as permitting the dispatch of liquor, if sold on a previous day, anytime before 12 noon provided it is dispatched from the licensed premises in a horse-drawn or motor van or lorry, but prohibiting similar dispatch by donkey-cart, a messenger with basket, hand-truck, bicycle or tricycle; and, if so, can he explain the reason for the discrimination against the latter methods of delivery?


The hon. Member's statement of the effect of the article in question is substantially correct as far as it goes, except that I know of no reason for supposing that the use of a donkey-cart is inadmissible.


Does he not realise the absurdity of an Order that compels delivery by motor or lorry from one street to another that might be conveniently carried out by a tricycle or an ordinary hand-basket?


I think, in view of what the hon. Member says, the matter evidently requires further study.