HC Deb 18 December 1941 vol 376 c2071
53. Mr. Crowder

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether owners of one-man businesses who have been called up, and whose businesses have as a consequence to be closed down, will be automatically allowed to resume trading activities immediately when the war ends?

Captain Waterhouse

There is nothing in the Location of Retail Businesses Orders to prevent a trader who carried on a retail business at any premises during any part of the basic period from setting up business again in those premises after the war. Moreover, in his absence no other person may, except under licence, carry on a retail business of a kind covered by the Orders in those premises unless the goodwill of his business has been assigned to him by the original trader.