HC Deb 23 November 1931 vol 260 c43

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, in view of the inconvenience caused to the public by the restrictions passed during wartime under the Defence of the Realm Act, he will consider the repeal of many of these restrictions in order to give liberty to our citizens, to encourage foreigners to visit Great Britain, and to help trade and Industry in this country?

The SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Sir Herbert Samuel)

No regulations under the Defence of the Realm Act are in force. The last of those regulations were repealed over 10 years ago. Any existing provisions relating to matters with which those regulations had dealt have been imposed by Parliament in recent years and could only be altered by fresh legislation. So far as they relate to the hours of retail trade in shops, they are the outcome of a report of a committee appointed in 1927, whose recommendations were embodied in the Shops (Hours of Closing) Act of 1928. So far as they relate to the sale of intoxicating liquor, the whole question has been under review by the Royal Commission on Licensing, who, I understand, expect to present their report early next year.

Cases dealt with by certain Courts of Referees under the Anomalies Regulations op to 9th November, 1931.
Court of Referees Cases considered. Cases disallowed.
Married Women. Others. Total. Married Women. Others. Total.
Burnley 42 1 43 27 1 28
Glasgow South Side 1,138 39 1,177 1,066 31 1,097

The numbers of married women on the registers immediately before the coming into force of the Regulations were about 6,900 at the Exchanges served by the Burnley Court and 1,800 at the Exchanges served by the Glasgow South Side Court.