HC Deb 07 June 1920 vol 130 cc25-6
32. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

asked the Prime Minister when it is intended to introduce a Bill for the regulation of the liquor traffic?


I can add nothing to what my right hon. Friend the Leader of the House said in reply to a question by my hon. Friend the Member for Edinburgh, East, on the 2nd June.

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

Did not the right hon. Gentleman receive a deputation from the Christian Churches last October, and did not he promise to introduce this legislation before last Christmas?


Would it not be easier to introduce a measure of this kind, if it were not for the continued obstruction of the hon. and gallant Gentleman the Member for Central Hull?


If the right hon. Gentleman cannot give us the date, can he say whether the Bill will deal with the traffic as a whole from the view of the vested interests, or whether it will be a continuation of limited control?


I do not think it is desirable to enter into any details. The measure will be introduced as soon as there is any chance of its being carried through, but the pressure is very great; and, as every Member of the House knows perfectly well, more legislative work has been carried through in the last two or three years than ever within living memory. We cannot carry them all.

Lieut. - Commander KENWORTHY

Am I correctly informed about this important deputation that waited on the right hon. Gentleman last October?


I see so many deputations that I cannot bear in mind everything they say to me and that I say in reply. I am doing my best to live up to them all.

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