HC Deb 11 July 1946 vol 425 cc112-3W
Mr. Garry Allighan

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that when the daughter of Mrs. Wiseman, 47 Pelham Road South, Gravesend, was taken seriously ill at 11.30 a.m. on a recent Sunday and the doctor prescribed medicine for immediate treatment, it was impossible to get this as the chemist shops in the district closed at noon for the day; and whether he will take steps to see that opening periods on Sundays for chemists are staggered.

Mr. Ede

There is nothing in the Shops Acts to prevent a chemist from opening his shop on Sunday or supplying medicine at any time in case of illness. I have no power to require shops to be open for specified periods, but I understand arrangements for the Sunday opening of chemists' shops are generally agreed with the Insurance Committee.