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CLUBS IN WALES. 1 INTERESTING BLUE BOOK. INCREASE OF DRUNKENNESS. I The statistics as to the operation and ad- ministration of the laws relating to the sale of intoxicating liquor in England and Wales have just been published as a Government Blue Book. In the general introduction it is stated that there were on the 1st of January, 1913, 88,739 on-lioenses and 22,632 off-licen- ses, giving a total of 30.44 licensed premises per 10,000 persons. For the previous eight years there had been an average decrease of 1,342 on-licenses, the decrease in 1913 being 1,043. There were 8,457 registered clubs, an increase of 248 over the previous year. Dur- ing the year 842 licenses were extinguished, the average price for compensation being L962 12s. 6d ranging from jE5 paid in Meri- oneth to £ 5,277 paid in Holborn. Fifty-two on-licenses and 108 off-licenses were granted and confirmed. There were 188,877 convictions for drunk- enness in 1913, or 6,285 more than the pre- vious year, and it is remarkable that during the last three years there has been an in- crease of 26,885, compared with a decrease of 45,179 during the previous five years. The majority of the mining districts show in- creases—up to 49.02 per cent. in Glamorgan —the only exception being Durham with a decrease of 4.23. Dealing with the abatement of the compen- sation charges, the report says Breconshire has a proportion of 57 (69 in the borough of Brecon) and has got rid of 66 per cent. of the licenses suggested for extinction by means of I a 84 per cent. levy (only 50 per cent. in 1913). In Cardiganshire, where, against a general proportion of 42.29, the figures run up to 55 and 73 in the boroughs of Aberystwyth and Cardigan, the levy was 50 per cent. in 1913 and 84 per cent. for the whole period, and anly 53 per cent. of the licenses referred have be-en extinguished. In Pembrokeshire, the rate of charge for 1913 was 50 per cent- making 78 per cent. for the whole period and only 47 per cent. of t' e licenses referred have been extinguished, leaving the county with the proportion of 45.22 (covering figures of 51 and 53 in the boroughs of Pembroke and Tenby). Various interesting tables are given which show that there are 257 clubs in Wales, of which 132 are in Glamorgan, 30 in Cardiff, 13 in Merthyr, and 9 in Swansea. The only county in Wales that has no clubs is Mont- gomery. Five licenses were refused in the county of Brecon, but no compensation paid in respect to them. Eight were refused in Glamorgan, and the total compensation paid was £ 10,318; Merthyr Tydfil, two refused, RI,775 paid; Swansea, one and £1,780 paid. No figures are given for Cardiff for 1913, but in that year £ 4,350 was paid in compensation in respect of two licenses refused in previous years, and £ 4,946 in Swansea in respect of three licen- ses. The total amount of compensation paid in Wales in 1913 in respect of 46 licenses was £ 33,663. The amounts received by compen- sation authorities was £47,017, and the bal- ance of the fund at the end of the year was £ 42,570. SOUTH WALES FIGURES. I The following gives the particulars relating I to the counties of South Wales:— Rate Amount Balance Im- Received. of Fund. posed. R s d X s d Brecon Max. 865 0 0 881 1 4 Cardigan Max. 360 0 0 48 18 2 Carmarthen Max. 2.466 6 8 3,299 5 7 Glamorgan lkf ax. 16,088 0 0 7,339 16 11 Cardiff Max. 7,692 0 0 6,721 1 5 Merthyr Max. 3,203 8 4 4,284 16 9 Swansea Max. 5,085 10 0 2,102 18 0 Pembroke Max. 668 0 0 1,304 7 0 Haverfordwest Max. 196 6 8 230 13 0 Radnor Max. '444 6 8 534 18 4 Out of 12,233 proceedings for drunkenness I in Wales, 10,090 were convicted, the figures for Glamorgan being 6,796 and 6,006 respec- tively. For the county boroughs the figures are:-C,ardiff, 601 proceedings, 148 convic- tions Merthyr Tydfil, 551 proceedings, 502 convictions; Swansea, 715 and 450.

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