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IThe New Licensing Act.

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The New Licensing Act. Mr J. Herbert Roberts, M.P. Corrects a Wrong Impression. Abergele Free Churches and "their Worships' Discretionary Powers." THERE promises to be a revival of the once regular opposition against licensed premises in Abergele at the next brewster sessions in Feb. ruary, if the proceedings at last Saturday's Police Court afford any inkling of the position of affairs. At the opening, the Chairman of the Bench, Mr Herbert Roberts, M.P., referred to a doubt- ful clause in the new Act. He said the Bench wished to make clear one, or two points. There seemed to be an impression abroad that clause 6 was not retrospective; in other words, that before the clause was operative, three convic- tions for drunkenness must be recorded in the present year. As a matter of fact, only one conviction would be sufficient to put this clause into operation, and the police ouight to be ac- quainted with the fact. Inspector Roberts: We understand that one conviction is, sufficient to bring the person under the Act. The Chairman said no doubt the, police would ie-any out that part of the Act without any inti- mation from, the Bench. If the police had any objection to make affecting the structure of any licensed premises, it should be understood that notice of such objection was to be: served upon the licensees beforehand, so that it could not be .said the objections had been sprung unex- pectedly upon them at the annual licensing ses- sions. It was only fair that notice should be given, as plans would be necessary in some cases. Mr Crabbe asked whether that would apply to any opposition offered, by outsiders. It had been customary at previous licensing sessions for .mini'sters and clergymen of the various: de- nominations to attend, and without any pre- liminary notice, make certain objections. He thought the Bench would insist upon notice of every kind being given beforehand. The Chairman I don't think we, as a Bench, have any jurisdiction over the public, but no doubt means will be taken for making objections known. Mr Crabbe: I take it, sir, that you won't take notice of any objection unless previous notice has, been served upon publicans. The Chairman: We make no statement upon that point. It was announced that the, annual licensing sessions would be held on the 5th of February. ry- A Petition. The Rev John Roberts, Baptist minister, Abergele, then stepped forward, and read the following resolution, which was passed at a meeting of the local Temperance Society, held at the Calvinistic Methodist Schoolroom on the 12th December: "That this meeting, repre- sentinrg the Free Churches of Abergele and Pensarn, desires to draw this attention of your worships to the fact that there are far too many licensed houses for the sale of intoxicating liquors in Abergele and Pensam, and, therefore, respectfully urge that your worships, without delay, will consider the desirability of exercis- ing your discretionary powers in effecting such reduction as is desirable in the interests of the public." The Clerk: Have you anything more to say? The rev. gentleman said he only wished to add that much had been done in the direction pointted out in the resolution by other benches throughout the country, and they desired their worships to do something similar in Abergele, where there were too many houses for the re- quirements of the district. The Chairman, in reply, said the .bench would give the necessary weight to any evidence of public sentiment upon a matter of that kind bearing upon public order. +. â

Conway Rural District Council.

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St. Asaph Petty Sessions.

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