§ 48. Sir C. KINLOCH-COOKE
asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the number of small traders, more especially those residing in the coast towns of the West country, who find their takings so reduced owing to early closing that many of them fear they will be reduced to the Bankruptcy Court, he will consider the possible amending of the early closing Order, making nine o'clock the hour for closing on ordinary days and ten o'clock on Saturdays?
§ Sir G. CAVE
My right hon. Friend has asked me to reply. The question of extending the closing hours was very carefully considered at the time the Order was renewed, and the representations received from retail trade associations, local authorities, and individual shopkeepers, including many small shopkeepers, showed an overwhelming body of opinion in favour of retaining the existing hours. I regret, therefore, that I do not see my way to reopen this matter.