§ 45. Colonel ASHLEY
asked the Prime Minister why a wine merchant is not allowed to deliver wine or spirits to a customer till the amount due for the goods has been received?
I have been asked to answer this question. I am informed by the Central Control Board that the prohibition in question has for some time past formed part of the standard Order of the Central Control Board. As I have previously stated, I understand there will be no change in the policy of the Board pending the establishment of the new Authority, which it is proposed to create by legislation.
§ Colonel ASHLEY
Seeing that the Armistice was concluded many months ago, what possible justification is there for this autocratic ordinance during peace, that a man cannot order a dozen of port from his wine merchant without sending the money beforehand?
I speak for the Central Control Board only by accident. I will inquire what is their reason.
§ Sir C. KINLOCH-COOKE
Does my hon. Friend realise that the continuance of the Regulation causes inconvenience to people who desire to give presents to people who are ill?
I have myself experienced the inconvenience of the Regulations, but as a humble member of the Government I thought I ought not to complain.
§ Mr. W. THORNE
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the members of the Central Control Board want the Board dissolved as speedily as possible?