The Labour Annual Volume 5

The Labour Annual Volume 5

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ... fees graduated to an equitable scale. 3. A Representative Licensing Authority.--The power of licensing, at present exercised by the Justices, should be transferred to Town Councils, Urban District Councils, and, for London and rural districts, to County Councils. 4. Municipal Management.--Town, Urban District Councils, and the L.C.C. should be empowered to regulate the traffic by one of the following ways: (a) Leaving it, as at present, in private hands; (b) selling the licenses at auction to the highest approved bidder; (c) giving the licenses to a philanthropic company, bound to pay only 4 per cent. on its capital, and controlled by the Council, to which all profits above 4 per cent. would go (the Gothenburg system); (d) establishing municipal public-houses in competition with private sellers; and (e) by ousting all private sellers, and maintaining a municipal supply These proposals would meet all the evils as enumerated. Excessive facilities for drinking would be removed by the maximum law; popular control over the trade would be complete; the monopoly value of licenses would be transferred to the community; the political power of the trade and the private interest in drink-selling would only remain in places where the electors prefer to keep them. It must be remembered that the voting area in the Local Veto Bill was the ward, whilst in the present proposal the municipalisation area is the borough or urban district. It is not at present proposed to municipalise the trade in the rural districts. Parish Councils should be able to obtain power from the Local Government Board to municipalise, but it is not probable that the plan would be widely adopted in villages. There are many reasons why the drink traffic is specially suitable for...
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  • Paperback | 90 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 177g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236742176
  • 9781236742179