HC Deb 02 December 1936 vol 318 cc1239-40
24. Mr. C. WILSON

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the attention of his Department has been called to the figures given at the 23rd session of the Mandates Commission to the effect that before the War there were in Palestine over 25 licences to sell intoxicating liquor, and that the number had grown to 970; whether these figures are approximately correct; and what additional licences have been granted during each of the last five years?


The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. It is impossible to check the actual number of licences issued in Palestine before the War, but the num- ber of licences in 1933 was approximately as stated. I am not in possession of the figure for 1935, but the number of licences issued in the years 1930–1934 are as follow:

1930 1,063
1931 1,063
1932 1,054
1933 973
1934 1,241
25. Mr. WILSON

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he can state or will obtain information as to the number of licences for intoxicating liquor in Palestine held by Arabs, Jews, or other nationals, respectively?


I have not this information, but I will inquire whether if, can be supplied.

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