HC Deb 30 May 1940 vol 361 cc648-9
32. Mr. Salt

asked the Home Secretary whether, in consideration that both men and women are now working long hours on munitions, including Saturday afternoons and Sundays up to 4 and 5 p.m., he will take steps to relax the restrictions due to the Sunday Trading Act, 1936, and so enable these people to make their necessary purchases?

Sir J. Anderson

The provisions of the Sunday Trading Act allowed of a number of exemptions and I have no evidence that further relaxation is necessary at the present time.

Mr. Rhys Davies

In dealing with any problems of this kind will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that shop assistants are now working longer hours than munition workers?

Sir J. Anderson

Yes, Sir, I recognise that that must be taken into consideration.

Mr. Salt

Undoubtedly there is evidence in industrial areas that some provision is seriously needed in order that workers can have the opportunity of purchasing necessities.

Sir J. Anderson

Perhaps the hon. Member will let me have any evidence he has on the subject.

Mr. Leslie

Is the Minister aware that there is no occupation in this country which has contributed more men to the Army and Navy than the distributive trades, and that girls are now filling the men's places?

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