Oral Answers to Questions — Shops (Hours of Employment) Bill.

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons on 13th March 1929.

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Photo of Mr William Joynson-Hicks Mr William Joynson-Hicks , Twickenham

I have been asked to reply to this question. I have examined the Measure to which the hon. Member refers and which he has himself introduced, and I do not see that it has the effect of definitely restricting the hours of employment of shop assistants. What it proposes to do is—roughly speaking—to provide that hours worked beyond 48 shall be treated as overtime and paid for as such—a very different proposal. As the hon. Member is aware, the Government have already, in the Shops Act of last Session, passed a Measure which indirectly but effectively limits the hours of employment of workers in shops.