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<*• NATIONAL TRADE DEFENCE FUND. An important meeting of the General Committee of the National Trade defence fund representing all sections of the licensed trade of the United Kingdom, was held at the Westminster Palace Hotel on Friday, February the 2nd, presided over by Mr George C Croft (of Messrs Charrington and Co., Ltd., London), at which the following were present: Messrs Graham Aldous, Kilburn G Blair, Newcastle; G Boghurst, Portsmouth H Cosmo 0 Bonsor, M.P., John Brickwood, Ports- mouth; W Brown, Bradford; W Burland, Bristol; E N Buxton, London; Spencer Charrington, M.P.; H G Crews, Manchester, hon. secretary of the National Federation of Off License Holders' Asso- ciations; F England, Birmingham George Ewens, Plymouth; John Fogarty, Dublin; W Foord, Southampton; John W Green, Luton Henry Grinling, London; J G Groves, Manchester; Charles R Haig, London; E Hedefine, South Shields; J Hulton, Manchester; H J Israel, Swansea; Levi Johnson, Wolverhampton; J L Kemp, Chester; C G Long, Maidstone, President of the Licensed Victuallers' National Defence League; J Lyons, Norwich; T Watson Lovibond, Newcastle-on-Tyne, chairman of the Country Brewers' Society; Edgar Lubbock, London J Manders, Cardiff J J Martin, Wakefield; J McLeavy Bebington, Birkenhead; E Meades, Maidstone J J Nagle, Dublin Pickering Phipps, Northampton; George Poole, Penzance; John Porteous, Northampton; W J Plowden Pugh, Shrewsbury; George Rayment, Reading; G A Robinson, Manchester; Robert Russell, Dublin; Philip Savill, Stratford; J W Selke, York; J Slaney, Hitchin; A B Slim, Birmingham; George Soole, London; T E Simpson, Stamford; F H Vaughan, York; Charles Walker, chairman of the London Licensed Victuallers' Central Protection Society; J Wallace, Sheffield; W H Wardman, Newport (Mon.); G B Worth, London; and George Younger, Alloa.—It was unanimously agreed that, in contested elections where satisfactory pledges were received from both can- didates to the Trade test questions, no official Trade action should be taken. The test questions unani- mously agreed to as essential were as follows :-l. Are you in favour of giving full compensation for suppressed licences, as recommended by the report of the Royal Commission (signed by a majority of seventeen to seven), and as given at the present time, in all cases where a trading concern is sup- pressed in the public interest. 2. Will you oppose the abolition of the existing off wine and spirit licences, usually called grocers' or mixed traders-' licences, and the separation of their trades ? It was decided that at the present crisis the above questions were sufficient, but the following supple- mentary questions were adopted for use at the discretion of the local committees :—Alteration of Hours.-In the event of any alteration of the hours of closing whether on Sundays or week-days, will you support the proposal that such regulations should be settled by Imperial Parliament and should not be left to the discretion of a local body ? Clubs.— Will you oppose any scheme for the com- pulsory reduction of licenced houses, unless accom- panied with or preceded by legislation dealing with clubs, prohibiting the distribution of excisable liquors by sale, and the supply of such liquor for consumption off the premises, according to the unanimous recommendations of the reports of the Royal Commission.

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