HL Deb 23 June 1926 vol 64 c536

My Lords, I beg to ask His Majesty's Government when the Committee appointed to inquire into the disinterested management of licensed houses is to issue a Report; and to move for Papers.


My Lords, in answer to the noble Lord's Question and speaking on behalf of my noble friend Lord Desborough, I can only tell him that the answer from the Home Office is that they understand that the Committee is still engaged on the hearing of evidence, which it is hoped will be completed in the autumn, and the Committee propose then to consider their Report.


My Lords, I am glad to hear that there is a chance of getting the Report of this Committee during the present year. With its very limited reference I thought that this would be a matter of investigation and inquiry lasting only two or three months. The Committee is concerned with the Carlisle experiment only, but apparently if once you touch the question of drink men's minds become unduly excited. I thought, from the long continuance of this Inquiry, that something must have taken place to delay the production of the Report. I am gratified to hear that it will be forthcoming soon, because there are so many questions connected with that of licensed houses that are dependent upon this Inquiry and its result. I beg leave to withdraw my Motion for Papers.

Motion, by leave, withdrawn.