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LICENCE CONFISCATION.

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LICENCE CONFISCATION. TO THE EDITOR. Sir,âThe holding of the annual licensing meet- ings throughout England and Wales commences on February 1. Last year many licensing benches threatened that they would this year take steps to effect a reduction in the number of licences. The idea of the arbitrary confiscation of rights which have grown up in the shadow of the law is repugnant to many persons who have no interest whatever in the licensed trade. The inequity of a procedure under which the licence of one well-conducted house is refused, and the licensee ruined, for no fault of his own, while the result probably is merely to increase the receipts of another trader, cannot fail to offend the sense of justice. It is plain that a proper settlement can only come from Parliament. It is, therefore, surely clear that at the present Brewster Sessions âwith legislation promised and impending-the justices should be content to let the matter of arbitrary reduction rest. They should act in con- formity with the custom which has until quite recently governed licensing authorities, and not interfere without cause with the licence of a well- conducted house. The above is a general proposition, but it is supported by considerations as to which. I submit, ratepayers have a special claim to make themselves heard. If licensing benches this year insist on anticipating the decision of Parliament and con- tinue to try and enforce a numerical reduction of licences while unable to grant compensation, the refusals of licences are likely to be reversed on appeal. The ratepayers will then have to provide the costs of the justices. It is well that ratepayers should realise how they may thus have to pay for impatient action on the part of a licensing tribunal.âI am, sir. yours obediently, OBSERVER.