HC Deb 01 August 1918 vol 109 cc616-7

asked the Home Secretary whether, as the present Early Closing Order for shops expires in September next, and the House proposes to adjourn early in August, he can make any statement as to renewing the Order, and if it is proposed to vary it in any way; and if it is the intention of the Government, in view of the shortage of lighting facilities during the coming winter months, to propose a much earlier hour for closing shops than exists now?


I do not think that it is desirable to come to a final decision on this question before the middle of September, as circumstances may change before that time; but my present view is that the existing Order should be renewed. The shortage of lighting facilities is, as my hon. Friend knows, being dealt with in another way.