HC Deb 09 February 1956 vol 548 cc209-10W
83. Dr. D. Johnson

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations have been made to either him, his management or his advisory committees in regard to the abolition of the sale of small quantities, of less than a full bottle, of spirits at his State Management Scheme off-licences in the city of Carlisle.

Major Lloyd-George

The sale of quarter bottles of spirits at the State Management off-sales shops was stopped on my instructions in order to bring them into line with the restrictions applying under the ordinary law to those private enterprise off-sales shops which have no connection with on-licensed premises. The sale of half bottles continues. Complaints have been made by some customers to the General Manager at Carlisle, who has also received representations from the Carlisle and District Licensing Reform League. I much regret any inconvenience to customers who have been used to obtaining quarter bottles from the Scheme's off-sales shops, but quarter bottles can still be obtained from the Scheme's public houses, eighteen of which have separate off-sales departments, and will also be available at the new off-sales department connected with the Citadel Tavern in the Lowther Arcade which will be opened in about six weeks.