§ 98. Mr. Champion
asked the Minister of Food if he will take the necessary steps to stop the supply of beer to those public houses whose landlords enter into regional arrangements to close their houses on several nights in each week, thus enabling them to sell their total allocation on one or two nights, but thereby causing the utmost overcrowding and discomfort to their patrons.
§ Mr. Strachey
I should hesitate to go as far as my hon. Friend suggests or to condemn a local arrangement without knowing the reasons on which it is based, but I have consulted my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary who shares my view that publicans should, wherever possible, make arrangements to spread supplies of beer over the whole week.