31 OCTOBER 1908, Page 2

In the House of Lords on Tuesday Lord Lamington moved

the second reading of • the Public Houses (Extension of Facilities) Bill. The Bill seeks to provide publicans with powers to improve or enlarge their premises by adding accommodation for the provision of food and non-alcoholic drinks, as well as games, newspapers, music, Ste. On behalf of the Government, Lord Fitzmaurice and the Lord Chancellor, while expressing sympathy with the aims of the mover, declined to read a second time a Bill the proposals of which would be perfectly in order on the Committee stage of the Licensing Bill. Lord Lansdowne, while indicating the inten- tion of the Opposition to press for the reforms pointed out by Lord Lamington, concurred, and the Bill was accordingly withdrawn.