41. Miss Ward
asked the Home Secretary whether he has any evidence as to the extent to which the Shops (Sunday Trading Restriction) Act is causing hardship to small one-man businesses?
§ Mr. Lloyd
My right hon. Friend has received complaints during the last two or three months from about 30 shopkeepers in different parts of the country, at least half of whom indicated that they were proprietors of one-man businesses. My right hon. Friend has also been informed by various hon. Members and others that they have received similar complaints.
§ Sir John Haslam
Has not my hon. Friend received evidence that this Act has caused great satisfaction and pleasure to many single-shop proprietors, and also 1240 to many of the larger establishments, and that the greater benefit has resulted to the vast number of shopkeepers throughout the country?
§ Sir J. Nall
Is it not the case that this matter is bound to be controversial, whichever way it is settled, and that the present difficulty is due to the absurd anomalies which have arisen under the last Bill; and will the Department take steps to have it settled properly one way or the other?
§ Mr. R. C. Morrison
Is it now the policy of certain sections of the Government still further to commercialise the Sunday?