§ 13. Lieut.-Colonel JAMES
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the State control officials in the Carlisle district have refused an application from the local Conservative Association to be permitted to open licensed club premises; and, if so, will he say on what grounds this action has been taken?
§ The SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. Arthur Henderson)
By virtue of an Order made in 1921 under the Licensing Act of that year, the supply of intoxicating liquor in new clubs in the Carlisle district requires the authority of the Secretary of State to make it legal. In the present case the decision not to give the authority asked for was taken by myself, and was in accordance with the recommendation of the Local Advisory Committee.
§ Lieut.-Colonel JAMES
Will the right hon. Gentleman say whether other political parties are treated in the same way?
§ Mr. HENDERSON
Yes, during the time I have had the opportunity of administering the Act. They are all treated the same, and on the Advisory Committee all parties are represented.
§ Colonel Sir CHARLES YATE
Can the right hon. Gentleman say how many there are of these political clubs?