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Shops (Self-Service)

Volume 463: debated on Wednesday 6 April 1949

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asked the Minister of Food whether he will ensure that when licences are issued to multiple and big stores for refitting their shops on the "Help-Yourself" basis, the small shops are given a fair proportion, since other- wise the setting up of such facilities might cause customers of small shops to leave them in order to take advantage of the new quick service.

Arrangements made in consultation with my right hon. Friend the Minister of Works provide that half the licences will be available for independent traders.