HC Deb 07 February 1938 vol 331 c691W
Mr. De la Bère

asked the Home Secretary whether, in view of the long hours spent by fruit-growers in country districts where the fruit is grown and the workers are in the fields until late, he will consider introducing legislation to bring in universal extension of the licensing hours of half-an-hour, from 10 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. during summer time, to enable the workers to obtain alcoholic refreshment after a hard day's work?

Mr. Lloyd

Licensing justices have power to make such an extension if satisfied that the special requirements of the district render it desirable; but on the question of legislation to make such extension compulsory, whether the justices consider it desirable or not, I am not in a position to make any statement.