Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Withdrawal of Tea and Sugar Licences.

asked the Minister for Supplies if he will state whether a notification has been issued to Mrs. Howard, Lifford, Ennis, of his intention to withdraw her tea and sugar licence and if he will say what is the reason for this action; whether Mrs. Howard has been charged with any offence; and, if so, if he will state the nature of the offence and the result of the court proceedings.

asked the Minister for Supplies if he will state whether a notification has been sent to Mr. Daniel Wyles, 49 O'Connell Street, Ennis, of his decision to withdraw his tea and sugar licence following a conviction in the Ennis District Court; and if he will state what was the nature of the offence and the sentence imposed.

asked the Minister for Supplies if he will state whether a notification has been sent to Mr. H. Webster, Abbey Street, Ennis, of his decision to withdraw his tea and sugar licence following a conviction in the Ennis District Court; and if he will state what was the nature of the offence and the sentence imposed.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 4, 5 and 6 together.

Notifications of intention to withdraw their tea and sugar retailers' licences have been issued by my Department to Mrs. Howard, Lifford, Ennis; Mr. Daniel Wyles, 49 O'Connell Street, Ennis, and Mr. H. Webster, Abbey Street, Ennis. This action was taken in accordance with the established practice of my Department following on the conviction of these traders on charges of having failed to keep the prescribed records of their purchases, sales and stocks of tea and sugar.

Mrs. Howard was given the benefit of the Probation of Offenders Act on both charges; Mr. Wyles was fined £1 on each charge, and Mr. Webster was fined £2 in respect of his failure to keep the prescribed sugar records and given the benefit of the Probation of Offenders Act in respect of his failure to keep the prescribed record in relation to tea.

Each of the traders concerned has appealed for reconsideration of the decision and these appeals are at present being considered.