There has been no undue delay. There were 16 appeals lodged between 24th November and 12th December relating to the grant of the licence and backing. The necessary documents, which included voluminous transcripts of the public sittings, were not available until 16th February. About three weeks notice was given of the inquiry which is to be held on 24th March.
§ Mr. Ernest Davies
Will the hon. Gentleman give an undertaking that he will make no change in the administration of the licensing laws until the Thesiger Committee has reported?