HC Deb 11 April 1918 vol 104 c1673W

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Munitions whether he is aware that Rule No. 74, of.1902, applicable in Royal Ordnance factories, to the effect that no person shall be employed therein who is the keeper of a public house or beerhouse, is now being used in regard to certain employés who cannot be said to come within the rule though they happen to live' on public house premises with their relatives, such relatives being the licence-holders; and whether, on the facts in any such case being brought to his notice and substantiated, he will undertake that the scope of the rule shall not be arbitrarily extended so as to apply to such relatives of licence-holders as are not keepers of public-houses or beerhouses?


The rule referred to in my hon. Friend's question was amended in 1907, so as to read:—No employéis permitted to keep, hold a licence for. or in any way assist in. the management of a public-house, pawn shop or marine store dealer's shop, and it must be understood that this rule will be considered to be infringed when the licenceis held by a member of the employé's family with whom he resides. It has been found necessary in the public interest to enforce this rule, and I am not prepared to recommend any relaxation.