Oral Answers to Questions — Defence of the Realm Act.

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

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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 The last of those regulations were repealed over 10 years ago.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.