asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the fact that it will not be possible to deal with the question of bottle parties under the forthcoming clubs legislation, he will take an early opportunity of reviewing the present freedom which the operators of bottle parties enjoy from the obligation to make contributions to the Excise in respect of the sale of alcohol?
§ Captain Wallace
The activities in question are receiving close attention. The existing law provides penalties for the sale of liquor without licence, and as at present advised my right hon. Friend is not satisfied that further measures are necessary. The situation will continue to be carefully watched, but he could not undertake to include legislation in this year's Finance Bill.