Mr. R. Duckworth
asked the Minister of Food how many new licences for retail shops have been granted to ex-Servicemen invalided from the Army since 1939.
§ Colonel Llewellin
I regret that the information for which my hon. Friend asks is not available. I can say, however, that between 17th April, 1944, when the arrangements for giving priority in the grant of licences to certain classes of ex-traders were introduced, and 15th January, 1945, 260 licences to re-open their retail food businesses were granted to discharged ex-Service persons.