§ Mr. R. MORRISON
asked the Home Secretary if his attention has been drawn to the increasing number of shops which are being opened on Sundays for the sale of groceries, butchery, bread, clothing, boots, &c.; and, in view of the handicap which this means to many shopkeepers who do not desire to open their premises on Sundays, and in the interests of shop assistants who are being employed seven days per week, whether he proposes to deal by legislation with this matter?
My right hon. Friend has received certain representations on this subject, and is entirely in sympathy with the desire to restrict Sunday trading so far as reasonably practicable. The question is, however, highly controversial, and no solution has so far been found which would command general agreement. I am afraid, therefore, I can hold out no hope at present of any Government legislation.