HC Deb 08 December 1955 vol 547 c527
3. Dr. D. Johnson

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will state the number of off-licence establishments owned by the State management scheme in the City of Carlisle.

Major Lloyd-George

There are at present four off-sales shops in Carlisle under State management: a fifth will be opened as soon as practicable. In addition, off-sales facilities separate from the bars are provided in eighteen State managed public houses in the city.

Dr. Johnson

Is my right hon. and gallant Friend aware that in the coming season of the year there is customarily a long queue outside the single private off-licence in Carlisle, while his own off-licence generally remains in a state of under-employment? Will he not agree that this indicates a demand for more facilities for private enterprise services—?

Mr. Speaker

Perhaps the hon. Member has not yet learned that it is contrary to the practice of the House to read a supplementary question.