HC Deb 03 June 1919 vol 116 c1868W

asked the Minister of Labour whether a staff of forty-one persons is maintained in the Yorkshire district, and corresponding staffs in other districts, for the sole purpose of considering applications for licences to open retail businesses; and, if so, whether this work could be more economically provided for in some other way?


The total staff engaged in the administration of the Retail Business (Licensing) Order in the Yorkshire and East Midlands Division is forty-two, divided among ten separate centres and covering the counties of Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, and Derbyshire. The staff was recently taken over, with the work, from the Ministry of National Service. I have already given instructions for an investigation of its future requirements; and if any reduction of staff is found practicable it will be made.