§ 39. Mr. Thorne
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many names were taken by the police at the Havana Club, Denman Street, on Saturday, 29th November, and on Friday, 28th November, at the Nightlight Club, Little Newport Street, Soho, and at the Nuthouse Club, Regent Street; how many persons were found drunk and what action he intends taking about these clubs?
§ The Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. Peake)
The "Nuthouse" was entered on 24th August, when 109 names were taken and three persons appeared to be drunk. Proceedings against the principals were completed on 28th November when the fines and costs totalled £291. The Nightlight Club was entered on 28th November, when 89 names were taken and two persons appeared to be drunk. The question of proceedings against the principals is still pending. In the case of the "Havana," the Commissioner of Police made an order on 29th November closing the place under Defence Regulation 42c. In this case no necessity arose to take names, but at the time of the police entry five persons appeared to be drunk.
Does not the Undersecretary think it is time that the Government took some steps to control drink? 1381 The right hon. Gentleman the Member for Carnarvon Boroughs (Mr. Lloyd George) had to do it during the last war on account of production. [Interruption.] This is a very thirsty Government.