HL Deb 23 September 1831 vol 7 c495

On the Motion of Viscount Melbourne, the Order of the Day for receiving the Report of the Sale of Beer Act Amendment Bill was read.

The Earl of Harrowby

said, that as the law now stood, public-houses were to be closed during the hours of divine service. He wished to propose as an Amendment, as these hours varied in different parishes, the hour of closing such public-houses and beer-shops should be regulated by the hours when Divine service was performing in the respective parishes. Again, the present law prohibited the sale of wine and spirits, but not the consumption of these articles in such beer-houses; he therefore wished a clause to be inserted, prohibiting the consumption of wine and spirits, because it was notorious that both these commodities were consumed, the price being included in the charge for beer.

Viscount Melbourne

proposed a clause, to prevent any individual, whose license as a publican had been taken away by the Magistrates, from receiving a license to keep a shop for the sale of beer.

Amendments agreed to.