HC Deb 06 February 1951 vol 483 cc1513-4
16. Sir Herbert Williams

asked the Minister of Works how far the premises at 2, Park Street are exempt from all other statutes and the regulations under the Catering Wages Act, as well as from the provisions of the Licensing Acts.

Mr. Stokes

Except in respect of the sale of intoxicating liquor, which is now undertaken by the Crown, the managing contractors are required to comply with all statutory rules and regulations in force in relation to the running of an hotel.

Sir H. Williams

Why is intoxicating liquor left out of control?

Mr. Stokes

Because I wanted it to be.

20. Sir J. Mellor

asked the Minister of Works whether at 2, Park Street, Mayfair, he sells alcoholic liquor to all applicants for consumption on, or off, the premises, and during what hours; and what other entertainments are provided for non-residents.

Mr. Stokes

No. 2, Park Street has always been used for small functions of hospitality—by which I mean lunch or dinner or a reception—given by the Government or Government-sponsored persons, and liquor has been supplied at them. In all other cases, the practice is to sell liquor to residents only. Liquor must be consumed on the premises, and the licensing hours for the district are complied with.

Sir J. Mellor

Are guests and residents also supplied at all hours?

Mr. Stokes

Yes, Sir; certainly not at all hours, but very naturally within the licensing hours, and during the performance of their lunch or dinner, or what-ever it may be.

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