§ 38. Mr. HALL-CAINE
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that excise licences are granted to auctioneers without any inquiry; and whether he will consider establishing definite conditions to ensure the issue of such licences to suitable persons?
§ The SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Sir John Gilmour)
I am aware that there is no power under the existing law to refuse an actioneer's licence to any applicant who tenders the amount of the duty. It would require legislation to impose conditions on the issue of such licences and I have not sufficient evidence before me to indicate that legislation for this purpose is necessary or desirable.
§ Mr. HALL-CAINE
Does not the right hon. Gentleman realise that the laxity in granting these licences leads to mock auctions which are defrauding the public, and will he not take some action?