HC Deb 22 October 1942 vol 383 cc2128-9W
Lieut.-Colonel Guest

asked the Attorney-General whether he is aware that the Drake Street traders of Plymouth have been precluded by a decision of the Estates Committee of the Plymouth Corporation from making use of their trading sites for the duration of the war by the erection of stalls on their frontages which sell a similar class of goods as do the Drake Street traders; that their request to erect temporary premises on these sites similar to those permitted in other parts of the city has, so far, not been granted; and whether he will investigate the circumstances to ascertain that the rights of these traders have not been inequitably interfered with, causing them the loss of their business sites and goodwill attaching to the premises?

The Attorney-General

I have been informed of the circumstances of this dispute. I have no power to order an investigation. If the corporation have acted contrary to law, legal proceedings can be brought in my name and the writ and statement of claim are submitted to me for my approval. Those advising the Drake Street traders are familiar with this procedure and if they submit the necessary documents to me I will of course give the matter full consideration.