HC Deb 28 January 1986 vol 90 c436W
Mr. Peter Bruinvels

asked the Prime Minister how many representations she has received (a) before and (b) after the publication of the Shops Bill [Lords]; if she will break them down (i) for and (ii) against giving the names of the major retail stores concerned and the nature of their representations; and if she will make a statement.

Mr. Waddington

I have been asked to reply.

Since the report of the Auld committee was debated in this House the Government have received 29,029 representations; 10,002 were received prior to, and 19,027 subsequent to, the publication of the Shops Bill [Lords]. Seventy-one have been in favour of, and 28,958 opposed to, the Government's proposals.

During this period, meetings have been held with or letters received from the following major stores:


  • Briggs Boot Stores
  • Notcutts Garden Centres Limited
  • William Strike Limited
  • Cramphorn plc
  • Asda
  • B & Q Retail Limited
  • Woolworth holdings
  • Habitat/Mothercare plc
  • W H Smith
  • Harris Queensway
  • Texas Homecare Ltd
  • RMC Homecare Ltd
  • Sharpe and Fisher plc
  • Paul Madeley Ltd
  • Homebase Ltd
  • Stylo Barratt Shoes Ltd
  • Tesco plc


  • Marments Ltd
  • Milwards and Sons Ltd
  • Safeway Food Stores Limited
  • Co-operative Union Ltd
  • Sears plc
  • James Beattie plc
  • Benson Shoe Ltd
  • West Midlands Co-operative Society Ltd
  • William McIlroy Ltd