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Retail Businesses (Licensing)

Volume 416: debated on Monday 19 November 1945

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asked the President of the Board of Trade what decisions he has reached upon his review of the Retail Licences Order, with particular reference to opening the way for ex-Servicemen to start businesses on their own account.

I am examining the Location of Retail Businesses Order with a view to seeing whether any changes are desirable at the present time, in the light of our experience, and of the wish of some ex-Servicemen to start business, but I am not yet in a position to make a statement on the subject.

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the large number of ex-Service men and women now desiring to enter the retail trade, steps will be taken to bring up to date the Register of Withdrawn Traders, instituted by his Department in 1942, and to remove therefrom all who do not reregister within a given period and indicate that it is still their intention to resume retail trading.

The matter to which the hon. Member refers will be borne in mind in connection with the review of the administration of the Location of Retail Businesses Order on which I am now engaged.