§ 11. Mr. Emrys Hughes
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many bona fide night clubs there are in London.
§ Mr. Ede
I am not sure what my hon. Friend means by a "bona fide night club." Any registered club in central London (unless its rules provide otherwise) can supply drinks up to 11 p.m., or, if they have the necessary approval of the licensing justices, with meals up to midnight; and an extra half-hour is allowed for consumption of liquor with a meal. Applications may be made for the extension of these hours for special occasions.
§ Mr. Hughes
Is the Minister aware that hon. Members have received a circular from the Association of Night Club Proprietors, and would these clubs come under the heading of bona fide organisations?
§ Mr. Erroll
Will not the Minister reassure the House that the night clubs referred to, are operating within the law as it stands at present, and are therefore, to that extent, bona fide establishments?
§ Mr. Ronald Chamberlain
Will not the Home Secretary himself pay a visit and take an expert with him?