HL Deb 09 July 1936 vol 101 cc594-5

Page 1, line 19, after subsection (2) insert: ("(3) Notwithstanding anything in the foregoing provisions of this Act, the Shops Acts, 1912 to 1934, shall not apply to any library which, on the first day of January, nineteen hundred and thirty-six, was carried on by a society registered under the Industrial and Provident Societies Acts, 1893 to 1928, mainly for the purpose of affording to its members means of education or recreation, so long as the following conditions are complied with, that is to say:—

  1. (a)That the library continues to be carried on by the society mainly for the purpose aforesaid;
  2. (b)That no pecuniary profit is directly derived from the lending of books or periodicals at or from the library;
  3. (c)That no person employed about the business of any shop occupied by the society is engaged about the business of the library.")


My Lords, there is also a Commons Amendment to insert a new subsection (3). This is designed to safeguard the rights of co-operative societies which have established lending libraries for the benefit of their members. I am not quite certain that the Amendment is really necessary, but the Commons in their wisdom have decided that cooperative societies should be reassured thereby, and I am glad to say that provision has been made to ensure that the privilege thereby granted to them cannot be abused. I therefore beg to move that the Commons Amendment be agreed to.

Moved, That this House doth agree with the Commons in the said Amendment.—(The Earl of Iddesleigh.)

On Question, Motion agreed to.