§ 26. Mr. LOUGH
asked the Home Secretary whether the existing Closing Order for shops expires on 30th April next; and, having regard to the benefits which the present arrangements have secured for shop assistants, he can see his way to maintain the arrangements at least for the duration of the War, if not to fix it on a permanent basis?
§ Sir G. CAVE
The existing Order will expire on the 30th April. Certain representations have been made to me in favour of the continuance of the Order, and these and any other communications on the subject which may reach my Department will be carefully considered before any decision is taken.
§ Captain BARNETT
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the number of shop assistants affected by the Order is almost negligible, whilst tens of thousands of small shopkeepers are vitally concerned?
Sir H. DALZIEL
Will the right hon. Gentleman take into account before he comes to a decision, that thousands of poor people, in many cases where the supporter of the household is at the War, have been absolutely ruined as the result of the Order?