§ MR. H. C. LEA (St. Pancras, E.)
asked whether it was not the fact that 150,000 men had been thrown out of employment by the introduction of the Licensing Bill.
§ MR. BRIGHT (Oldham)
I beg to ask the Prime Minister whether he will be willing, on the report of the Licensing Bill, to insert words providing that in the local options which are to be enacted by Parliament on the termination of the reduction period other methods of public control than limiting or reducing the number of licences shall be included.
§ MR. ASQUITH
was understood to reply in the affirmative, adding that if a provision of this kind were made it was desirable that every possible option should be given.