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Local M P's and the Licensing…

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Local M P's and the Licensing Bill. At the meeting of the Haverfordwest Board of Guardians in inl,-ty L resolution condemning the Licensing Bill was passed and it was agreed to forward copies to the local members of Parliament. Mr J E H Rogers, the clerk,reported having received the following interesting replies :— DEAR SIH,-I am obliged for a copy you sent me of the resolution passed by the Guardians of the Haverfordwest Union against the Licensing Bill. The resolution has my hearty sympathy. Yours faithfully, J. W. PHILLIPS. DEAn SlR,-I desire to acknowledge the receipt of copy of resolution adopted by the Guardians of the Haverfordwest Union, and which has received my earnest consideration. I quite recognize that much of the poverty and pauperism is due to excess in consumption of intoxicating liquor, but I fail to see how it is due to what the resolution describes as the influence of the drink trade," and I am at a loss to know whether, in the term drink trade, unlicensed as well as licensed houses are included, and I further fail to understand what the great ditiiculty of finding adequate relief for the deserving power has to do with the Liceusing Bill now before Parliament. There is nothing in the Bill which" increases the influence of the trade," nor does it propose to "divert money from National into private channels," and I would recommend that the Bill itself be examined. I believe it to be a really earnest attempt to dcminish the evils that have followed an excessive issue of licenses. I recognize that the reduction must be gradual, as otherwise unlicensed sellers will replace properly conducted and carefully supervised houses—that this reduction will keep pace with the altered habits of the community, and that without any injustice, and that, without any expense to the public, the desired end will be accomplished. There are, however, several points on which in my opinion, considerable improvements could be made, and I shall watch its progress with care, and shall be glad to receive any practical suggestions in this direction from the Board. There has been a great deal of oratory about temperance legislation for years past, and many ideas have been thrown out, but this is really the first practical and practicable scheme that has been brought forward, and until something, that could be brought into effect, and that is better for the purpose, is actually placed before Parliament I shall certainly support this Bill as a step in the direction every thoughtful man would desire we should follow. Faithfully yours, J. W J -x i! un n i: La un i k The letters were allowed to lie on the table without comment.

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