HC Deb 31 May 1949 vol 465 c1907
46. Mr. Beswick

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will give special consideration, in the granting of excise licences for the sale of tobacco, to those mobile shops used only on prepared sites on which but for building restrictions there would now be a permanent shop.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer (Sir Stafford Cripps)

No, Sir. I am advised that licences can be granted only in respect of "premises," and that mobile shops are not premises.

Mr. Beswick

While I appreciate some of the difficulties in this matter, does not my right hon. and learned Friend also agree that there are cases in new estates or in blitzed areas where the absence of permanent premises creates considerable inconvenience? Could he not have a special look at this aspect of the matter?

Sir S. Cripps

It has been looked at. The matter is very complicated. It would need a lot of legislation, and I do not think it would give a very satisfactory result.