Licensed Grocers' Shops (Hours of Closing).

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland. – in the House of Commons on 7th November 1939.

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Photo of Mr Thomas Kennedy Mr Thomas Kennedy , Kirkcaldy District of Burghs

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has considered the complaint of the Scottish licensed grocers regarding the effect of the Order-in-Council for the early closing of shops for the sale of beer, wines and spirits; and whether he proposes any variation of the reduction of the hours of sale during the Christmas and New Year period from 48, as allowed by the Licensing Act, to 28½ under the new Regulations?

Mr. Coiville:

I am unable to trace the representation referred to in the question, but I would point out that the recent Order-in-Council fixing earlier closing hours for shops does not apply to the sale of intoxicating liquor, which is governed by the Licensing Acts.