§ 23. Mr. Chetwynd
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what regulations he has made regarding the playing of games in licensed premises under State Management.
§ 25. Mr. Granville Sharp
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what are the regulations about the playing of darts in public houses under State Management; whether individual managements decide whether dart-playing facilities are provided; and whether these are provided.
§ Mr. Ede
There is no objection in principle to the playing of darts in public houses under State management, and no regulations on the subject or on the playing of other games have been prescribed. It would be a matter for the local management to decide in any particular case, where there appeared to be a demand for facilities to play darts, whether they could be provided with due regard to the safety, comfort and convenience of the customers. It is not always easy to find accommodation for the game, but I am anxious that if a proved demand exists it shall be met, and I have given instructions that the provision of suitable space shall be considered in the planning of new or altered premises.
§ Mr. Chetwynd
Is my right hon. Friend aware that there is a nation-wide campaign stimulated by brewing interests to denigrate State-managed houses by saying particularly that the playing of darts and dominoes is prohibited in them?
§ Mr. Vernon Bartlett
Is it not the fact that brewing interests quite apart, a great number of people in this country do like to play darts, and that in the smallest and oldest pubs they find room to play? Why should it be that in the newly-planned State houses we should have these questions about danger, and so forth?
§ Viscount Hinchingbrooke
Will the right hon. Gentleman send a carbon copy of that answer to "Punch"?
§ Mr. Gammans
Is it the fact that in the Carlisle pubs no darts are played, and that the reason for that is, that the atmosphere is so miserable no one wants to stay there longer than necessary?
§ Mr. Skeffington-Lodge
Does what my right hon. Friend has told us apply also to the very popular game known as shove-ha'penny?
§ Wing-Commander Hulbert
Would the right hon. Gentleman explain to the House what, in the view of His Majesty's Government, is a "proved demand for darts"?
§ 24. Mr. Chetwynd
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what regulations he has made regarding the drinking of beer standing in licensed premises under State management.
§ Mr. Ede
It has been the practice in the State management districts to provide seating accommodation for customers in the bars to the fullest extent practicable. A notice is displayed at the counter requesting customers to move from the bar after being served. There is no compulsion to do so, and attention is drawn to the notice only when congestion at 543 the bar threatens to interfere with the service or the convenience of other customers.
§ Mr. Chetwynd
Is my right hon. Friend also aware that many people in this country are now being led to believe that they must drink their beer standing up in the premises?
§ Mr. Bartlett
It is not the case that people know themselves when to sit down without being told to do so?