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Out of date law YOUR correspondent PD is right describing as out-of-date the present licensing law which prohibits any off-licence (as distinct from the out-door department of a public house) from selling a quantity of spirits less than a single half-bottle.

If a smaller size is required, one cannot purchase this from an off-licence without also buying a whole bottle of the same or another kind of spirit.

The law could easily be amended to meet the needs of the consuming public. The National Federation of Off Licence Holders' Associations has made strenuous efforts to get this done. In 1951 and 1953 this matter was debated in the House of Commons, but despite the almost unanimous support of the speakers in the debates, the Governments of the day declined to accept the necessary clause. Nevertheless the offsection of the licensed trade is continuing its efforts and will make a further attempt. Harold G Williams Birmingham and Midland Off-Licence Holders' Protection Association, Mail, January 29, 1954
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Date:Sep 23, 2013
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