HC Deb 21 February 1916 vol 80 c443W

asked the Minister of Munitions whether he is aware that at Old Street Police Court on 29th January the licensee of the Market House Tavern, Spitalfields, was fined for selling by an agent intoxicating liquor during prohibited hours to one Cox, and for unlawfully permitting consumption on the premises; whether in evidence it was admitted by Police Constable Schumacher that he saw Cox helped into the house in a fainting condition and evidently suffering considerable pain by two market salesmen, who asked for a little brandy to relieve his distress; whether, having witnessed the man being taken in, the constable followed and made the charge; whether this officer is of German birth; whether the licensee at first refused the brandy, and then gave some out of pure kindness; whether, while the summons for selling was dismissed, a conviction was sustained for unlawful consumption, the licensee being fined 40s. and Cox 10s.; and how much longer it is proposed to continue the regulations under which prosecutions of this character take place?


My attention had not been previously called to this case, but I am making inquiries and will communicate with my hon. Friend.