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The Wellington correspondent of the Press telegraphs the following precis of the Licensing Bill to be introduced this session :—“ There are 58 pages, containing 229 clauses and n schedules, the last 'clause repealing all existing Acts, and the last, schedule comprising a list of Acts so repealed, these including one of the Imperial Parliament (24 George 11., c. 40), four of the Governor and Legislative Council of New Zealand, fourteen of the General Assembly, and thirty-two Provincial Ordinances. The clauses relating to interest in different houses runs as follows :—(26.) ‘No licensed pubhcan shall at any time hold or have any beneficial interest in more than one license, either by himself, his lessee, servant, or agent, and any interference by any licensed person with the business of any licensed premises other than the premises for which he is licensed, shall be deemed prima facie evidence of a beneficial interest within the meaning of the section. Any person offending against the provisions of this section shall be liable to a penalty of L 5 for every day during which he shall hold or have any beneficial interest in more than one license.’ Licenses are divided into two classes —the first-class including publicans, family hotels, clubs, bottle, New Zealand wine and billiard-table licenses; the second-class comprising packet, wholesale and conditional licenses. Under the club license the licensee must be an officer or servant of the club, and may only supply liquor to bona fide members and their guests. The New Zealand wine license authorises the sale between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., in quantities not exceeding two gallons to any person of wine, cider and perry, the produce of fruit grown in the colony, the liquor to have a strength not exceeding 30 per cent, of proof spirit. New licenses (of the first class) are only to be granted at each annual meeting to be held in June. Second-class licenses may be granted at any time. The following are proposed as the annual fees for the various licenses :—Publicans’ license within a borough, L4O; outside, L3O ; club license, L2O ; bottle license, L4O ; New Zealand wine license, Li; billiardtable license, Lxo; packet license, Lio; wholesale license, Lio; conditional license, according to duration and special circumstances, not exceeding L3O. No liquor of any description is to be supplied to persons of cither sex who are apparently under the age of sixteen years. Convictions for selling adulterated liquor arc to be endorsed on the offender’s license and placarded on his premises in such a manner as the Court may direct, and for a second offence is to be advertised at his cost in such newspaper and as often as the Court deem desirable. There are usual provisions in regard to other matters as in last year’s Bill, local option being applied, as in that case, to new applications only.”

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THE LICENSING BILL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 370, 14 June 1881

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THE LICENSING BILL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 370, 14 June 1881