HC Deb 19 March 1913 vol 50 c1059W

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that under the Shops Act stationers are compelled to close their shops at 1 p.m. on one day a week and prohibited from selling stationery, books, or fancy goods, but that the same prohibition against opening or selling does not apply to railway bookstalls, with the result that stationers are placed at an unfair disadvantage in their trade; whether he will take steps to see that railway bookstalls shall, like other shops, close at 1 p.m. on one day a week, or that, if allowed to open for the sale of newspapers and periodicals, the sale of stationery, books, and fancy goods shall be prohibited during one half-day a week; and whether, if legislation is necessary to effect this, he will take steps to introduce such legislation?


I would refer the hon. Member to the answer which I gave to a question by the hon. Member for South Galway on the same subject on the 14th of last month.