§ Mr. RAMSDEN
asked the Home Secretary if he has received any representations pressing for the closing of shops one hour earlier than is at present the case; and when he expects to be able to make a statement on general policy?
§ Mr. SHORTT
A number of representations have been received in favour of the continuance of the system of general early closing which is at present in force under the Defence of the Realm Regulations. Some of these representations also ask that an earlier closing hour than that fixed by the existing Order should be adopted. Others again ask for the maintenance of the present closing hour, 8 p.m. The various representations will be carefully considered, but I am not in a position now to say when I shall be able to make a statement of general policy in the matter.