HC Deb 04 July 1985 vol 82 cc519-20
17. Mr. Knox

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received about the implications for policy towards changes in the licensing laws in England and Wales of the recent Office of Population Censuses and Surveys' report on drinking habits in Scotland.

Mr. Mellor

We have received no representations relating to the recent OPCS report.

Mr. Knox

Is my hon. Friend aware of the high level of satisfaction among Scottish people with their present licensing laws? Does he think that there is a similar level of satisfaction in England and Wales, and how can he justify the fact that the licensing laws are more liberal in Scotland?

Mr. Mellor

All the opinion polls have been so busy in Brecon that it is hard to give a conclusive view, but I am aware that there is a case for changing the law and we have it under very active consideration.