Oral Answers to Questions — Defence of the Realm Act.

– in the House of Commons at on 23 November 1931.

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Photo of Hon. Arthur Nall-Cain Hon. Arthur Nall-Cain , Liverpool Wavertree


asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, in view of the inconvenience caused to the public by the restrictions passed during wartime under the Defence of the Realm Act, he will consider the repeal of many of these restrictions in order to give liberty to our citizens, to encourage foreigners to visit Great Britain, and to help trade and Industry in this country?

Photo of Mr Herbert Samuel Mr Herbert Samuel , Darwen

No regulations under the Defence of the Realm Act are in force. The last of those regulations were repealed over 10 years ago. Any existing provisions relating to matters with which those regulations had dealt have been imposed by Parliament in recent years and could only be altered by fresh legislation. So far as they relate to the hours of retail trade in shops, they are the outcome of a report of a committee appointed in 1927, whose recommendations were embodied in the Shops (Hours of Closing) Act of 1928. So far as they relate to the sale of intoxicating liquor, the whole question has been under review by the Royal Commission on Licensing, who, I understand, expect to present their report early next year.

Cases dealt with by certain Courts of Referees under the Anomalies Regulations op to 9th November, 1931.
Court of RefereesCases considered.Cases disallowed.
Married Women.Others.Total.Married Women.Others.Total.
Glasgow South Side1,138391,1771,066311,097

The numbers of married women on the registers immediately before the coming into force of the Regulations were about 6,900 at the Exchanges served by the Burnley Court and 1,800 at the Exchanges served by the Glasgow South Side Court.