HC Deb 20 June 1939 vol 348 cc2044-5W
Mr. McGovern

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he can state the result of the recent inquiries by the master of works and chief constable into the question of dart-board games in licensed premises in the Glasgow area; whether he will advise the Glasgow magistrates to rescind their recent decision banning the playing of such games; and if he is aware that members of this licensing authority, owing to their prohibition views, are penalising these licence-holders?

Mr. Wedderburn

I am informed that after consideration of reports by the officials referred to, the licensing court, by a majority adhere to their previous view that they did not favour the playing of darts on licensed premises. I understand, however, that the court have not made it a condition of obtaining a licence that darts should not be played. My right hon. Friend has no jurisdiction over the magistrates sitting as a licensing court.