HC Deb 06 November 1978 vol 957 cc40-1W
Mr. Farr

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he has given to the police about making inquiries about applications for various licences under the liquor licensing legislation; and what estimate has been made of the cost of police time.

Mr. Merlyn Rees

The form of help given by the police to assist justices in determining the suitability of applicants for licences under the Licensing Act 1964 is a matter for local arrangements. Home Office guidance issued following consultations with the Magistrates Association and chief officers of police indicates, however, that in general the police should limit their inquiries to the personal suitability of the applicant.

The cost of police time devoted to this activity cannot readily be estimated, but I am not aware that it is significant.

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