Closed Businesses.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons on 4th August 1942.

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Photo of Mr Ian Hannah Mr Ian Hannah , Wolverhampton Bilston

asked the President of the Board of Trade what guarantee is given to a person whose business is compulsorily closed down for the duration that he will be enabled to resume his trade when the war is over?

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

My hon. Friend will appreciate that no absolute guarantee can be given. But as stated in the Explanatory Memorandum on Concentration of Production, the Departments concerned will-take all measures open to them to assist the re-opening of closed factories. The Board of Trade keep a register of factories closed down under concentration arrangements and the Ministry of Labour a record of transferred workers so that their return to their old employment after the war may be facilitated.

Photo of Mr Ian Hannah Mr Ian Hannah , Wolverhampton Bilston

Will there by any compensation for those who are unable to get back to their old work?

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

That is a question for the future; I do not think I can answer it now.

Photo of Mr Rhys Davies Mr Rhys Davies , Westhoughton

It may be true that a register is kept of factories that are closed, but is a similar record kept of retail businesses that are closed?

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

This Question does not ask that, but I will look it up. I think a record is kept, but I should like to have notice of the Question.

Photo of Mr Ian Hannah Mr Ian Hannah , Wolverhampton Bilston

Is it not very important that such a record should be kept?

Mr. De la Bère:

It is vitally necessary.