Oral Answers to Questions — Sale of Tobacco (Hours).

– in the House of Commons on 30th March 1922.

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Photo of Mr Charles White Mr Charles White , Derbyshire Western

59.

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware of the great inconvenience caused to shopkeepers and the public, especially in watering places and pleasure resorts, owing to the fact that they cannot sell or purchase cigarettes, tobacco, and other commodities after 8 p.m.; whether any extension of time can be granted in such cases where in the interests of the public it is desirable; and, if so, what steps would have to be taken to get an extension of hours granted?

Photo of Mr Edward Shortt Mr Edward Shortt , Newcastle upon Tyne West

A few representations have been received from holiday resorts in favour of an extension for these places of the evening closing hours. There is, however, no provision in the Act by which any such extension could be granted, and it would be necessary to pass amending legislation. Any such legislation would be strongly opposed.

Photo of Mr James Kiley Mr James Kiley , Stepney Whitechapel and St George's

Surely the Home Secretary has power to act on special occasions?