HC Deb 20 May 1947 vol 437 cc2170-1
46. Mr. Stanley Prescott

asked the Prime Minister in respect of how many and what kinds of, new businesses it is first necessary to obtain a licence from a Government Department, and which; how many applications for such licences have been received in the last 12 months and in respect of what categories; how many were granted; and, of the total number, how many were from ex-Servicemen and were refused.

The Prime Minister

As the answer involves a number of figures I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Mr. Sidney Shephard

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that unless an ex-Serviceman is disabled, it is almost impossible for him to start up in business on his own account, and is it not now time, two years after the end of he war, that the whole of this question should be reexamined?

The Prime Minister

That is another question, and I would like to see it on the Order Paper.

Following is the information:

A licence is still required to deal in most foodstuffs, to retail coal or paraffin,

Category Total applications received Total applications granted Applications from ex-Serviceman
granted rejected
(a) Food Retailers 28,535 17,375 3,450 73
(a) Caterers: Cafes, Restaurants, etc. 21,549 14,488 490 13
(a) Hotels, etc. 9,352 8,226 200 4
(a) Fish Friers 2,083 963 117 18
(b) Paraffin retailers 1,126 1,126 558 Nil
(c) Footwear repairers 7,021 (e) 4,687 1,841 844
(d) Building and Civil Engineering Contractors 46,624 46,624 Not available

(a) for 12 months ending 15.1.47. (b) for 12 months ending 30.4.47.
(c) for 12 months ending 31.3.47. (d) for 12 months ending 30.4.47.
(e) applications received in respect of new businesses, change of ownership and change of address.