HC Deb 20 March 1906 vol 154 cc217-8

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will give a Return giving the number of local orders issued under the Shop Hours Act of 1904, and what trades are included; and whether any orders have been made covering the whole of the trades in any particular town or area.


All Closing Orders under the Shop Hours Act are, when confirmed, laid before Parliament and are included in the lists issued as supplements to the Votes and Proceedings of the House of Commons. I think, therefore, that a Return is unnecessary, but I can give the hon. Member a list compiled in my own Department, if he desires. I may say that forty-nine orders have been confirmed in England and Wales, and that the great majority of these relate to the trade of barber or hairdresser. No order applying to all trades in a locality has yet been submitted for confirmation. As regards Scotland and Ireland, I must refer the hon. Member to the Departments responsible.

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