HC Deb 05 May 1911 vol 25 cc815-6W

asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to cases of hardship arising under the Children Act, owing to children accompanying bonâ fide travellers being refused admittance to licensed houses which have only two public rooms and are unable to provide a separate room for children; and, if so, whether he sees any prospect of being able to amend t he Act in this direction?


I am not sure that I can identify any of the representations which have reached the Home Office in regard to Section 120 of the Children Act, 1908 with the description given by the hon. Member, but I am aware of sundry statements to the effect that parents or other persons accompanied by children who desired to take them into licensed premises have experienced some inconvenience in consequence of that Section. I am not, however, prepared to propose any amendment of the law which would have the effect of removing or diminishing the protection given by that enactment to children against the evils to which they may be exposed in drinking bars or other parts of licensed premises exclusively or mainly used for the sale and consumption of intoxicating liquors.