§ MR. BARNARD (Kidderminster)
To ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will state the compensation which the "Sawyer Arms" at Hertford, and the "Queen" at Codicote would receive respectively under the 1904 Act if fixed by the Commissioners of Inland Revenue, if fixed on the basis of Lord Justice Kennedy's judgment; and what they would receive respectively in each of the fourteen years under the proposals of the present Licensing Bill.
(Answered by Mr. Asquith.) Although the trade done did not amount to a barrel of beer a week in either case, the compensation actually awarded on the basis of Lord Justice Kennedy's judgment was £451 for the "Sawyer's Arms," and £362 for the "Queen." The first awards by the Inland Revenue Department on the basis adopted before the Kennedy judgment were £105 and £175 respectively. If these beer-houses were closed under the Licensing Bill provisions, compensation would be based on new valuations of the premises, licensed and unlicensed, and these valuations I am unable to give.