§ Mr. Teeling
asked the Minister of Food how many licences the food committees have granted in Brighton and Hove to open shops coming within their jurisdiction, from the lifting of the ban on entry into these two boroughs, from VE-Day and from VJ-Day; the average length of time in each of these categories between the request for and the granting of the licence; how many of these licences have been to people who were not ex-Service-men, had not been in the particular trade before and who did not trade in Brighton or Hove before 1940; and how many such licences have been granted to owners of other shops elsewhere.
§ Sir B. Smith
Below is a statement giving such information as is available regarding the number of licences granted in Brighton and Hove in the periods mentioned to ex-traders, ex-Servicemen and others. As regards the time between application for and the grant of a licence, the licensing sub-committees of the Brighton and the Hove food control committees103W
meet at least once a month, and, unless further inquiries are necessary, the appli-
LICENCES GRANTED FOR NEW RETAIL SHOPS IN BRIGHTON AND HOVE (a). 26th August; 1944 to 23rd January, 1946. Licences granted. 26th August, 1944- 7th May, 1945. 18th May, 1945-14th August, 15th August, 1945-23rd January, 1946, Brighton. Hove. Brighton. Hove. Brighton. Hove. On priority grounds to ex-traders: Ex-service men … … 17 — 2 — 5 1 Others … … … 1 2 7 2 15 1 On preference grounds to disabled persons who are not ex-traders (b): Ex-service men … — — — 2 10 — Others … … … — — — — 7 — Others (c) … … 5 — 1 — 11 1 TOTAL … 23 2 10 4 48 3 NOTE:— (a) The figures do not include licences granted to hawkers, market and street stall traders, etc., or licences granted on transfer of ownership of existing businesses. (b) The preference arrangements were not introduced until 22nd June, 1945. (c) The figures include ex-service men who were not entitled to priority or preference consideration.