HC Deb 21 November 1939 vol 353 cc1017-8
62. Mr. R. Gibson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has considered the protest by the Church of Scotland Presbytery of Greenock against the proposal to open theatres and cinemas on Sunday; and whether he has any statement to make on the subject?

Mr. Colville

I have received the representations referred to in the question and have duly noted the views expressed.

Mr. Gibson

Will the Minister keep in view the desirability of the employes of these places having a weekly day of rest and the fact that opening for an extra day does not necessarily mean an increase in the weekly attendance?

Mr. Colville

I will keep those points in mind, if the question arises.

Mr. Mathers

Will the right hon. Gentleman remember that there are places in Scotland other than Greenock where the same views are held?

Sir R. W. Smith

Will my right hon. Friend note that a part of the representation put before him spoke of the spiritual resources of Scotland, and will he impress upon the churches the need for providing some alternative interest in the evening so that young people are not compelled to stay out in the streets in the dark?