§ Mr. LUNN
asked the Home Secretary if he is aware that, owing to the great increase in the value of public-house property during the War, the elimination of redundant licences is retarded and has become a matter of even greater difficulty than it was before the War; and whether, in view of the urgency of this question, he will advise His Majesty's Government to consider the desirability of setting up new machinery to deal with the matter?
§ Mr. SHORTT
I am aware that the number of licences extinguished with compensation each year during the War has been considerably less than in previous years and that the increased cost of the compensation has been one of the causes contributing to this result. The matter is among those which have had the careful consideration of the Government in connection with the Bill which they have undertaken to introduce.