NO MORE LATE ADJOURNMENTS
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A T Inverness last week the Scottish 1-1 deputy Licensing Authority, Mr.
L. A. Wells, made it quite clear that any last-minute request for the adjournment of a case would not be tolerated. Adjournments would be allowed only for a very good reason and none would be considered within seven days of the hearing unless the circumstances were exceptional. Such applications would be called at the public inquiry and if not answered they would be refused.
Four applications were listed for hearing last week, but only one applicant appeared. The first application—by Helen Wilkinson, Dingwall, to vary the condition of a B licence—was refused after the agent had asked for adjournment to produce figures. Two applications by M. Allan (Lorries) Ltd., Falkirk, were refused when there was no appearance of the applicants, who had asked for adjournment on the previous day.
The only application heard was one by William T. Bartlett for a one-vehicle Contract A licence to carry goods for Baxter and Sons, Muir of Ord. This was refused.
Mr. Wells said that his only interest was to ascertain if the agreement of contract was a genuine one and left it to Bartlett, who presented his own case, to show that the figures guaranteed would be met. In evidence it was revealed that a previous contract held by Bartlett with Baxter and Sons had terminated through lack of work and the applicant had used the vehicle without a licence to do work for the County Council Refusing the application, Mr. Wells said he was not satisfied that the agreement would be honoured.