HC Deb 16 December 1964 vol 704 cc376-7
30. Mr. Hugh D. Brown

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what action he will take to implement the recommendations of the Guest Committee Report on Scottish Licensing Laws, Command Paper No. 2021.

Mr. Ross

The Government are not at present contemplating any legislation on this subject.

Mr. Brown

Does my right hon. Friend not agree that this is a very urgent problem in Glasgow? Is he aware that within the next 10 years more than 200 displaced publicans will be seeking very few sites and that this is a most unhealthy position? In the light of this and of the recommendations of the Guest Committee Report, will he consider at least having discussions with the district valuer and the corporation to see whether some temporary measures can be introduced?

Mr. Ross

I am prepared to look at anything which my hon. Friend suggests because I appreciate his social concern in this matter.

Mr. Younger

Will the right hon. Gentleman say if he is considering the recommendations of the Guest Committee on the subject of local veto polls, as they are causing great confusion, expense arid worry to people in Scotland?

Mr. Ross

We have had the recommendations made by the Guest Committee and are considering them all.