52. Major NEWMAN
asked the Prime Minister whether any decision has been come to with regard to the future of the Central Control (Liquor) Board; and, in the event of its existence being continued, what Department or Ministry will be responsible to Parliament for its work?
§ Mr. BONAR LAW
The Defence of the Realm (Amendment) (No. 3) Act, 1915, makes provision for the continuance of the Central Control Board "during the continuance of the present War, and such period not exceeding twelve months thereafter as may be declared by Order in Council to be necessary in view of conditions connected with 874 the termination of the present War." No decision has yet been come to regarding liquor control when the powers of the Board come to an end. There can be no question of the continuance of the powers of the Board beyond the date specified, without a new mandate from Parliament. With regard to the last part of the question, there is no proposal at present to make any change.