Oral Answers to Questions — Sunday Observance Act

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th July 1949.

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Photo of Mr James Ede Mr James Ede , South Shields

I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer which I gave on 17th February last to my hon. Friend the Member for Dagenham (Mr. Parker).

Photo of Mr John Haire Mr John Haire , Wycombe

In view of growing public uncertainty as to what Sunday entertainment is permitted, will not my right hon. Friend bring this somewhat obsolete Act up-to-date and take its application out of the hands of cranks, busybodies and cheap informers?

Photo of Mr James Ede Mr James Ede , South Shields

No, Sir. This matter would only create controversy, and at the present time there is no prospect of any legislation.

Photo of Mr Quintin Hogg Mr Quintin Hogg , Oxford

In any event, is not the repeal or modification of an Act of Parliament a matter for Parliament and not the Home Secretary?

Photo of Lieut-Commander Joseph Braithwaite Lieut-Commander Joseph Braithwaite , Holderness

While this Statute may be outmoded in certain respects, is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is no support in any responsible quarter in this country for anything approaching the Continental Sunday?