HC Deb 12 October 1939 vol 352 cc535-6W
Sir R. Gower

asked the Home Secretary what interests are being consulted with regard to shop-closing hours; and whether the special interests of dockyard workers will be taken into account?

Sir J. Anderson

I have endeavoured to take into account the interests of every section of the community—large, small and multiple shopkeepers, shop assistants, and the shopping public, including the special interests of various types of workers. Those of dockyard workers were duly taken into account.

Mr. R. Gibson

asked the Prime Minister whether he has considered the resolution passed on 2nd October, 1939, by the Greenock branch of the National Amalgamated Union of Shop Assistants, requesting that steps be taken to secure the earlier closing of shops compatible with war-time conditions, together with a statutory limitation in the working hours of those employed in shops, a copy of which has been sent him by the hon. Member for Greenock; and whether he has any statement to make thereon?

Sir J. Anderson

I have been asked to reply. I would refer the hon. Member to the answer given to-day to questions by the hon. Members for Linlithgow (Mr. Mathers) and the Sedgefield Division of Durham (Mr. Leslie).

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