I beg to ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, under the proposed new Licensing Act, any person found the worse for drink in a club will be summoned before a bench of magistrates, as at present happens to those found the worse for drink on licensed premises.
§ MR. GLADSTONE
My right hon. friend has asked me to answer this Question. It is not a criminal offence under the existing law for a person to be drunk 1407 in a club, and the Licensing Bill makes no alteration in this respect.
As a person may be drunk in a club and not in a public-house, is one inspector in plain clothes to do the work of a district where forty or fifty police now are entering public-houses?
§ EARL WINTERTON
asked whether under the Bill a plain-clothes inspector would be instructed to report in case of drunkenness?