HC Deb 31 January 1949 vol 460 c195W
Mr. Astor

asked the Minister of Food how many restaurants and eating houses in England, Scotland and Wales, respectively, have been licensed since June, 1945.

Mr. Strachey

Separate figures for restaurants and eating houses alone are not available, but the numbers of licences granted to all commercial catering establishments (that is, excluding industrial canteens and institutions), and the numbers surrendered on closure of business between 16th July, 1945 and 15th September, 1948, are as follow:

Country Licences granted Licences surrendered Net increase
England 59,169 16,160 43,009
Wales 4,170 1,007 3,163
Scotland 4,529 1,002 3,527
Total 67,868 18,169 49,699

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