HC Deb 19 February 1920 vol 125 cc1086-7W

asked the Home Secretary whether he proposes to allow theatres, cinemas and other places of amusement to retail chocolates and confectionery after 8 p.m. on five nights of the week and after 9 p.m. on Saturdays?


asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware of the dissatisfaction of shopowners dealing in sweets at the freedom of places of amusement to sell sweets at hours when the shops are prohibited from selling; and whether he proposes to take any action in the matter?


It is not the case, as suggested by the hon. Member for St. Pancras, that places of amusement are free to sell sweets at hours when shops are prohibited from selling. I have been asked by representatives of the entertainments industry to permit them to sell sweets after the present closing hour for shops, but I am not yet in a position to give a decision in the matter.