HC Deb 07 December 1943 vol 395 cc750-1
5. Mr. Higgs

asked the President of the Board of Trade the approximate number of firms which have been closed down in Birmingham owing to the calling up of principals or proprietors?

Mr. Dalton

Eighty-two out of 316 applications received by the Board of Trade from Birmingham traders for admission to the Register of Withdrawing Retail Traders have given the call-up as the reason for closing down. I regret that such information regarding manufacturing businesses is not available.

Mr. Higgs

When these principals or proprietors are released from the Services will they receive first priority?

Mr. Dalton

Perhaps the hon. Member will be good enough to wait for the statement I hope to make on this question.

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