HC Deb 05 November 1959 vol 612 c1191
16. Mr. Lipton

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many clubs permitted to sell alcoholic drinks are now registered in the London area; and what was the corresponding figure last year.

Mr. Vosper

On 30th September, 1959, 3,599 clubs were registered in the Metropolitan Police District; the corresponding figure for 1958 was 3,392. At the end of October, 1959, 126 clubs were registered in the City of London; the corresponding figure for 1958 was 118.

Mr. Lipton

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the growing number of unsavoury and insanitary clubs, especially in quiet residential areas, is causing concern to law-abiding citizens who have the misfortune to live nearby? Will he indicate his support of the effort that is being made by the London County Council to deal with what is a quite serious problem in the London area?

Mr. Vosper

My right hon. Friend has already said that it is intended to introduce a Bill on licensing laws within this Parliament. I cannot comment on the London County Council Bill until I see it.