asked the President of the Board of Trade the number of small traders now on his register who have closed down owing to the war; what approximate proportion this forms of the total; and whether arrangements will be made for the co-ordination of the granting of licences and the allocation of supplies after the war.
Just over 14,000 names are now on the register, but there is no record of the total number of shops closed during the war. If the need should arise, I shall be glad to consider arrangements such as my hon. Friend suggests.
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is some feeling among returning soldiers about the restrictions against being allowed to open up businesses which they had to close down when they went to the war?
They should register as. soon as possible. I have taken all the means open to me to promote publicity on this matter, and if the hon. Member can help me I shall be very grateful.