§ Lieut.- Commander KENWORTHY
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Munitions if he is aware that Mr. C. P. Lowe, of Hull, has been unable to obtain a renewal of his retail licence through absence on military service, and has thereby lost the greater proportion of his business; and whether it is proposed to give effect to the statements made by 913W Ministers during the War that joining the Army should not prejudice a man's position in civil life?
§ Mr. KELLAWAY
I am advised by the Central Control Board (Liquor Traffic) that no excise licence was in force in respect of Mr. Lowe's premises prior to his absence on military service. The case falls within the operation of the order which restricts the sale of intoxicating liquor under new excise licences which can be taken out without the authority of a justices' licence, and are, therefore, not subject to any control such as that exercised by justices over retail licences generally.