HC Deb 22 December 1927 vol 212 cc559-60

asked the Home Secretary on what grounds he recently refused a licence to a dispossessed wholesale wine and spirit merchant resident in the City of Carlisle to enable him to sell wines, spirits, and beer to the trade, and for domestic purposes, upon the same terms as outside firms who now supply large quantities of the beverages named in Carlisle and the district, and who do not in any way con- tribute to the local rates; and whether he is aware that the grant of the licence applied for would not in any way interfere with the legitimate control of public houses and would not create a precedent, as licences have been granted to two clubs which purchase all their supplies from outside sources?


It is a fact that an application was recently made on behalf of a former licensee in the City of Carlisle for permission, in effect, to reestablish in the city the licensed business which was compulsorily acquired from him in 1916 by the Central Control Board (Liquor Traffic) on payment of an agreed sum for compensation. This application was refused. I am satisfied that the facilities already existing for the sale of intoxicating liquor in the City of Carlisle for domestic purposes are adequate.