HC Deb 18 November 1941 vol 376 c186W
Mr. Naylor

asked the Home Secretary whether he will exercise his powers, under the appropriate Defence Regulation, to issue an order compelling all clubs and bottle-parties to close activities not later than 12 midnight?

Mr. H. Morrison

There are already powers in Defence Regulations enabling the police, where authorised by me, to close wholly or during certain hours certain classes of unlicensed premises other than registered clubs, which are of the kind which I think he Has in mind, and where drunkenness or disorderly or indecent conduct takes place, and there are similar powers to close registered clubs frequented by war workers where the efficiency of these workers is being impaired by drunkenness on the premises. A number of premises have been closed under the Regulations and the police are giving careful attention to the conduct of places of the kind referred to.