HC Deb 15 February 1955 vol 537 cc166-7
9. Mr. Royle

asked the Secretary of State for War if he will examine the position of his Department's premises which are exempt from licensing by virtue of Section 164 (2) (k) of the Licensing Act, 1953, to ensure that persons renting these premises for dances etc., shall not have unlimited licence for the sale of liquor.

Mr. Head

We never give unlimited licence to outside bodies.

Mr. Royle

Is not it a fact that people can hire a drill hall from the military authorities for the purpose of holding a dance which can continue through the night, taking advantage of the conditions which apply? Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that I should be happy to send him instances of this and that I should be glad if he would inquire into the matter?

Mr. Head

I should be interested to see the instances, but this is not in any way by our consent and is illegal. We have never given such licences.

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