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"NEEDS TIGHTENING UP" ANGLICAN SYNOD'S VIEWS P.A. CHRISTCHURCH, Thursday. Corporate ownership, as opposed to private ownership or State control, of the liquor trade, was recommended by Mr. T. D. H. Hall, Wellington, on behalf of the General Synod of the Church of England, at to-day's sitting of the Royal Commission on licensing. It was emphasised that the system would not destroy all private scope and initiative.

Other suggestions concerned the licensing laws, a straight-out vote on continuance or prohibition, o) position to tied houses, and hours of opening.

Mr. Hall said the Church was not enamoured of the proposals for State purchase and control, holding that such a system might lead to new vested interests and monopolies. What was suggested was some system of public control which, without destroying private scope and initiative, might remove unworthy incentives in the trade. The tentative view of the Church was that ownership of the trade by a single great corporation .vould be impracticable and undesirable. Another tentative view was that brewing interests should be separated from the rest of the trade. Concerning licensed houses, a possible view was that the Dominion might be divided into districts, in each of which a corporation might be established. ■ "There is a widespread feeling that the enforcement of the licensing laws ne'eds tightening up," said Mr. Hall. "We also suggest that licensing districts should be based, not on electoral districts, but on groupings of local governing districts."

A review of existing licenses was also held to be necessary. It was also felt that the question of hours should be reviewed.

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LICENSING TRADE, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 176, 27 July 1945

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LICENSING TRADE Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 176, 27 July 1945

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