HC Deb 04 February 1926 vol 191 cc286-7
9. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he intends to take any action during the present Session with regard to bogus night clubs; and, if so, what form this action will take?

The SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Sir William Joynson-Hicks)

I can add nothing to the reply that I gave on the 23rd November last to a question by the hon. and gallant Member on this subject.

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

Was there not at that time some legal difficulty with regard to definitions, and is the right hon. Gentleman taking steps to overcome the difficulty?


I thought some little time ago that I had discovered a way out of the difficulty, but I am not quite certain that my proposal would have held water in the Law Courts. The whole question of clubs has been raised by a deputation, and I am considering the whole matter, not only night clubs, but clubs in general.


Is the right hon. Gentleman not aware that the clubs represented on the deputation had no connection whatever with bogus clubs?


May we take it that the Home Office has not intelligence sufficient to make the necessary definition of a bogus night club? Is the Home Secretary more interested in considering the challenges and accusations against Labour members in this country, than he is about putting down, what is a very grave disorder in London?