HC Deb 15 June 1917 vol 94 c1311

asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been called to the increasing activity of aliens, enemy and otherwise, to take advantage of the absence of our men on active service to capture the small-shop trade of this country; and whether, under these circumstances, he can see his way clear, by the introduction of some legislative measure or by action under the Defence of the Realm Act, to protect the future commercial existence of the British small shopkeepers who have fought in defence of their country?


One of the results which it is hoped will be obtained by the passage of the Military Service (Conventions with Allies) Bill, which will be considered in Committee this afternoon, will be to remove this grievance to which the hon. Member refers.