§ 58. Mr. Doland
asked the Minister of Food if he will inform the House of the total number of licences to open shops issued to individual unit traders, to branches of multiple shops, and to cooperative societies, respectively, from 17th April, 1944, to 15th January, 1945.
§ Colonel Llewellin
As the answer to the Question involves a statement of figures, I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
§ Following is the statement:
|MULTIPLES, CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES AND INDEPENDENT TRADERS|
|Changes in the Numbers of Licences held by Retail Food Businesses in the United Kingdom 17th April, 1944 to 15th January, 1945.|
|Type of organisation.||Licences granted||Licences cancelled||Net change.||Estimated number of licences valid January, 1945.|
|On purchase or other transfer of ownership of business as going concern.||On opening of new business or reopening of closed business.||Total.||On sale or other transfer of ownership of business as going concern.||On Closure of business.||Total.|
|NOTE * Multiples are firms with ten or more branches anywhere in the United Kingdom.|