§ Mr. SEDDON
asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been called to the action of the County Council Theatres and Music Halls Committee in threatening the continuance of the cabaret performances at the Hotel Metropole; and, if so, whether he proposes to take any steps to remove the anomaly of preferential treatment by the said authority?
§ Mr. SHORTT
I have been asked to answer this question. I have made inquiry, and I understand that the committee recently heard an application for the renewal of the music and dancing licence in respect of the Hotel Metropole, and, after considering the application and objections taken to it by the Entertainments Protection Association, decided to recommend the London County Council to attach conditions prohibiting the use of scenery or costumes and limiting the number of performers. It is open to the applicants to appeal to the Council. I have no authority to intervene in the matter.