asked the President of the Board of Trade how many inspectors of retail premises he has in London and Greater London, respectively; and whether he will give an undertaking that the number will be increased sufficiently for applications for licences to open shops to be dealt with promptly.
§ Mr. Dalton
Applications for licences to open retail shops in the London area, which includes Greater London, are dealt with by the London Retail Licensing Committee, under the chairmanship of Lord Swaythling. The Committee have a staff of 15, including two inspectors. I am taking steps to strengthen it.