§ 16. Mr. Keeling
asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been drawn to the excellent effect on the spirits of the people of Southampton after a heavy air-raid from the provision of music at public-houses; and whether he will circularise the licensing justices, with a view to a like provision being made elsewhere, especially on Sundays, when theatres and music halls are to remain closed?
§ The Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. Peake)
My right hon. Friend's attention has not previously been drawn to this matter, but if my hon. Friend will furnish me with information in his possession, I shall be glad to consider it. I understand that, generally speaking, the authorities responsible for granting licences for public music do not place any difficulties in the way of the provision of music in licensed houses, but this, of course, must depend on the suitability of the premises and other local circumstances. As my hon. Friend is, no doubt, aware, wireless sets are now very commonly installed in public houses.
§ Mr. Keeling
Has the Home Office not seen reports from the Ministry of Home Security in one of which was contained this statement about the good effect of music in public-houses in Southampton?
§ Mr. Craven-Ellis
If the hon. Gentleman is not aware of the benefit of music in 1674 conditions such as have existed in Southampton, I would like him to accompany me —