Oral Answers to Questions — Shop Hours Act.

– in the House of Commons on 21st March 1929.

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Photo of Dr Thomas Watts Dr Thomas Watts , Manchester, Withington

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asked the Home Secretary if he is aware that there is dissatisfaction throughout the country over the exemptions allowed under the Shop Hours Act, 1928; and does he propose to take any action to allay this feeling?

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

I do not think that there is any such general dissatisfaction as my hon. Friend represents, and my own experience is that any dissatisfaction which does exist is very largely due to ignorance of the Act. If I might venture to make the suggestion, a great deal might be done by the hon. Members themselves to dispel this misunderstanding by explaining the position to their constituents, and I should be happy to give them any assistance I can in this direction.

Photo of Dr Thomas Watts Dr Thomas Watts , Manchester, Withington

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the instances of anomalies are rapidly making us the laughing stock of the whole world?

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

With great respect for my hon. Friend, I do not agree with that for a single moment.

Photo of Sir Frank Meyer Sir Frank Meyer , Great Yarmouth

Is it not a fact that any exemption granted under this Act is in response to clear evidence given before a committee that the exemption is wanted by a large number of people, and that an exemption is withdrawn only after evidence that it is not wanted?

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

That is quite true, and, if my hon. Friend the Member for Withington (Sir T. Watts) wants an exemption to cease, the natural effect would be that many facilities now given to the public would be swept away altogether.