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Building Licences (Clubs)

Volume 480: debated on Monday 6 November 1950

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asked the Minister of Works whether he can give a list of clubs in respect of which in the last two years licences totalling £8,000 or more have been issued for their erection, extension or other improvement, stating their party political affiliations, the value of the licences in each case, and the approximate value of any further licences that may be necessary to complete the works.

I find there are no statistics readily available of such cases and their extraction would involve an altogether disproportionate amount of time on the part of my staff. In any case my licensing officers are not concerned to ask whether a club for which a licence is sought has any party political affiliation.

asked the Minister of Works how many licences, and for what total amounts, he has granted or refused to Conservative, Liberal and Labour clubs, respectively, showing separately those for the erection of new premises and those for the extension of old premises, in England and Wales.

I regret that the information is not available and could not be provided without an unjustifiable diversion of staff from their normal duties. I am not concerned with the political colours of the clubs applying for licences.