HC Deb 11 May 1950 vol 475 c577
66. Mr. Dodds

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many pawnbrokers were registered in the financial years 1938–39 and 1948–49, respectively.

Mr. Jay

The numbers of pawnbrokers' licences issued in the financial years 1938–39 and 1948–49 were 2,672 and 1,726 respectively.

Mr. Dodds

Is my hon. Friend aware that there is much concern in certain circles at the decline of the pawnbroking business, which, for the past 1,000 years, has been such a prominent feature of private enterprise?