HC Deb 10 November 1921 vol 148 cc636-7W

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is now in a position to announce his decision respecting the many requests made to him to enlarge the powers of the Aerated Water Trade Board so as to cover the operations of persons engaged in bottle-washing, bottling, filling, and all subsidiary processes preparatory to the sale of alcoholic beverages when such operations are carried out apart from the manufacture of mineral waters?


As my hon. Friend is no doubt aware, this question is a difficult one, and it is not easy to find a practicable course of action which would not cause as many difficulties as it would remove. With a view to seeing, however, whether some solution, satisfactory to all parties, can be found, I am inviting representatives of the various interests concerned to meet together and discuss the whole matter.