§ Lieut.-Colonel Boles
asked the President of, the Board of Trade the number of boot and shoe shops which were closed as a direct result of dealers joining the Services between 3rd September, 1939, and 8th May, 1945; the number of licences granted to men returning from the Forces to re-open such premises after the cessation of hostilities between May, 1945, and the present date; and the number of new licences granted since May, 1945, to ex-Servicemen who did not trade in footwear prior to the war.390W
§ Mr. Belcher
I regret that the information is not available. Entry on the Register of Withdrawn Traders was not compulsory, and since 31st December, 1945, when the Location of Retail Businesses Order was revoked, it has not been necessary to obtain a licence to open a non-food shop.